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USA TODAY Eat well, exercise often and don't take some of those vitamins, the World Health Organization said in newly released guidelines on how to reduce risk of dementia.
With dementia already affecting 50 million people globally and with nearly 10 million new cases each year, the WHO issued new guidelines Tuesday in efforts to curb its rise and help health providers and lawmakers provide better care and policy around it.
The hidden side of dementia: Families fight over care, end-of-life decisions, finances, estates Physical activity, not smoking or drinking too much, eating a balanced diet (the WHO named a Mediterranean-like diet specifically) and managing blood pressure and weight were all among the recommendations the global health group said might help reduce the risk of cognitive decline.
"While age is the strongest known risk factor for cognitive decline, dementia is not a natural or inevitable consequence of aging," the report states.