The World Health Organization published its first ever guidelines on the prevention and management of dementia Tuesday.
Physical activity was at the top of its list of recommendations for preventing cognitive decline.
“Dementia not only is devastating for the person with the illness, but also for families and caregivers of people with dementia,” said Dr. Neerja Chowdhary with the World Health Organization.
The report, entitled “Risk Reduction of Cognitive Decline and Dementia,” said treatment for hypertension, high cholesterol, and diabetes also lowers the risks.
The report said that although age is the strongest known risk factor for cognitive decline, dementia is not a natural or inevitable consequence of aging.