Cut your Alzheimer’s risk by walking

A 20-minute walk three times a week could help cut your risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

New estimates by Cambridge researchers suggest one in three cases of Alzheimer’s worldwide are potentially preventable.

The seven key risk factors associated with the disease are diabetes, midlife hypertension, midlife obesity, physical inactivity, depression, smoking, and low educational attainment.

Researchers estimate that by reducing the relative risk from each of these risk factors by 10 per cent, it would be possible to reduce the prevalence of Alzheimer’s in 2050 by 8.5 per cent, preventing nine million cases.

The study, led by Professor Carol Brayne from the Cambridge Institute of Public Health at the University of Cambridge, said that even getting off the bus one stop early and walking for the rest of your journey could help prevent the disease.

“Tackling physical inactivity will reduce levels of obesity, hypertension and diabetes, and prevent some people from developing dementia,” Prof Brayne said.

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