Heart Disease Could Increase Risk Of Dementia - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/24/05

Heart Disease Could Increase Risk Of Dementia

New findings suggest the same factors that increase your risk of heart disease, may also increase your risk of dementia.

The study of nearly 9,000 people shows that risk factors like diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol and even smoking increased the chances of dementia later in life by 20% to 40%. Researchers note that people with two or more of those risk factors by middle age were 70% more likely to develop dementia compared to people with no risk factors.

Okay, that's the bad news. The good news is you can take steps to prevent memory loss and it might as well start Wednesday at 4pm at the Health Sciences Center Academic Building. That's when The Institute for Healthy Aging is launching its first program in a lecture series and the focus this time is finding creative ways to maintain and improve your memory. Even better news...it's free!

For more information, call 743-3610.

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