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Lifestyle choices that could link with dementia

Nine lifestyle risk factors have been found that contribute to the development of dementia and the risks are significant for people who have learning disabilities.

It has been identified that mid-life hearing loss is responsible for 9% of the risk of developing dementia, smoking 5%, poor educational opportunities 8%, enduring or long-standing depression 4%, physical inactivity 3%, a lack of social interaction 2%, high blood pressure 2%, obesity 2% and type 2 diabetes 1%.

It is well known that many people with learning disabilities have unmet physical and mental health needs which may make them more susceptible to dementia.

Those working with people with learning disabilities in health and social care settings should be aware of the risk factors associated with dementia, and should ensure that regular health screening occurs, so the physical and mental health needs of people are addressed and


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