A new report has shown that most of the population does not know the risk factors associated with dementia.

Alzheimer’s Research UK carried out the study, and found that half of UK adults could not name ANY of the risk factors for Dementia, and only 1% could name all six risk factors, and the one protective factor.

Risk factors are:

  • heavy drinking
  • genetics
  • smoking
  • high blood pressure
  • depression
  • diabetes

In addition, Physical Exercise is a protective factor against the disease.

In a third of cases, dementia is thought to be influenced by factors within the person’s control, but many people believe it is an inevitable part of ageing.

For more information, see the BBC article, and the Alzheimer’s UK report.