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Memory Decline Tied to Lifestyle Factors

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Memory decline was slower for older adults who had a healthy lifestyle, even for people with high genetic risk for Alzheimer’s disease, data from a Chinese study showed.

People 60 and older who had at least four of six favorable lifestyle factors — healthy diet, exercise, social contact, cognitive activity, and no smoking or drinking — had slower memory decline than those who had no more than one healthy factor, according to Jianping Jia, MD, PhD, of Xuanwu Hospital of Capital Medical University in Beijing, and co-authors.

Over 10 years, memory decline was 0.28 points less on the Auditory Verbal Learning Test (AVLT) in the favorable lifestyle group compared with the unfavorable group (0.028 points/year, 95% CI 0.023-0.032, P
Source : MedPageToday

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