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Dr. Jonathan Fielding: Stay Healthy to Prevent Dementia

Dr. Jonathan Fielding, professor-in-residence in FSPH's Department of Health Policy and Management, wrote an op-ed published August 22 by U.S. News & World Report about new studies that suggest exercise, healthy diet and good sleep may reduce the risk of dementia. 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Stay Healthy to Prevent Dementia

Recent research suggests exercise, a healthy diet and good sleep are key to reducing the risk of dementia.

By Dr. Jonathan Fielding

Does behavior have a significant impact on your risk of developing dementia? That's what a wealth of new data is suggesting, and the evidence, gathered from different research teams around the globe, is pointing in the same intriguing direction.

A suite of new studies came to a common finding – that our own behavior could partially stave off the effects of dementia, including dementia-related to Alzheimer's, which accounts for up to 75 percent of cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This should give us hope, empowering us to pay greater attention to our own key behaviors.