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New guidelines for reducing the risk of dementia



(CNN) – What if you knew you could reduce your risk of getting dementia? The World Health Organization says there is much that can be done to delay or slow the onset and progression of the disease.

The World Health Organization has issued recommendations to reduce the risk of your dementia. (Source: WHO / CNN)

About 3 million Americans are diagnosed each year with dementia. This is a manageable condition, but it cannot be cured.

But a new report from WHO offers some hope in navigating the risk of dementia.

This week, the WHO issued a series of first recommendations to reduce the global risk of this debilitating disease.

The main steps in this guideline are to exercise more and maintain a healthy diet, with an emphasis on the benefits of the Mediterranean diet – simple vegetable cooking, a little meat and the use of lots of olive oil.

WHO also recommends staying away from tobacco, limiting your alcohol consumption and maintaining healthy blood pressure.

According to WHO, there are 10 million new cases of dementia diagnosed every year – and that is expected to triple by 2050.

Although there is no cure for dementia, there is hope that having better overall health can help prevent it.

As an expert says, what's good for your heart may also be good for your brain.

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