NICE considers how to encourage midlife health to avoid dementia

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, NICE, has begun a consultation on draft guidance for how to promote healthy behaviour during midlife to improve health and reduce dementia risk.

Posted on 15th July 2014

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, NICE, has begun a consultation on draft guidance for how to promote healthy behaviour during midlife to improve health and reduce dementia risk.

Tim Parry of Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity, said:

“Research suggests that lifestyle choices in midlife could have important knock-on effects on for health in later life, including brain health. With research suggesting that a third of cases of Alzheimer’s could be prevented, we need to see concerted efforts to develop better ways to encourage healthy living across the population.

“The period of midlife can often bring many changes for people and can be a time for people to reflect on their own health. There have been mixed messages about what may or may not affect dementia risk later in life and it can be hard to know what lifestyle choices may hold the greatest benefits. It is promising to see NICE developing guidelines to give people the best information about how to stay healthy.”

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