Vascular risk factors during midlife may foster the development of underlying dementia later in life. Having a BMI of greater than 30 kg/m2 at midlife is associated with 2X the risk of brain amyloid deposits later. Other risk factors are smoking, hypertension, high cholesterol and diabetes—all modifiable by a healthy lifestyle.

LifeTip: To optimize brain health follow a healthy lifestyle and engage in mentally stimulating activities today! Watch “Defeat Dementia Naturally” with Dr. David DeRose for more recommendations.

Adapted from PositiveChoices.com

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