Genes, cardiovascular health each factor into dementia risk
Genes and cardiovascular health each contribute in an additive way to a person’s risk of dementia, researchers including Sudha Seshadri, MD, and Claudia Satizabal, PhD, of UT Health San Antonio reported July 20 in the journal Neurology.
The study was conducted in 1,211 participants in the Framingham Heart Study and involved collaborators from Boston University.
“We hope that the results of this study will send the public a message, and that message is to exercise, reduce stress and eat a healthy diet,” Dr. Seshadri, senior investigator in the Framingham Heart Study, said. “Then, regardless of your genes, you have the potential to lower your risk of dementia.”