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Is dementia preventable?

By Amos D. Korczyn

Abstract

Dementía is an important public health problem of increasing magnitude. At present, available therapies provide only minor and temporary relief, and attempts to find a cure have so far failed. Epidemiological studies have identified risk factors for dementía, particularly Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia. In principle, these findíngs provide an opportunity to intervene and prevent the dementía epidemic. Attention to nongenetic risk factors such as hypertension, hyperlipidemia, smoking, and obesity may thus not only prevent cardiovascular disease but also dementia, although it is difficult to prove the efficacy of these measures for dementía prevention

Topics: Clinical Research
Publisher: Les Laboratoires Servier
OAI identifier: oai:pubmedcentral.nih.gov:3181911
Provided by: PubMed Central

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