Environmental factors could present risk of dementia
- November 15, 2016
- Posted by: admin
- Category: Dementia
Experts have complied a list of environmental factors that could contribute to the risk of developing dementia, including lack of vitamin D and air pollution.
Researchers advise that the evidence is not yet sufficient enough to draw solid conclusions in the prevention of dementia, which affects around 55,000 people in Ireland.
Dementia is commonly associated with lifestyle factors such as high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, obesity, depression and genetic factors, but there are still around a third of dementia risks unexplained.
Research at the University of Edinburgh hopes to find out whether other issues are a factor, including the environment in which we live.
Previous studies have found that a lack of vitamin D and exposure to air pollution were implicated, as well as occupational exposure to some types of pesticide.
This news comes as the HSE launches a new campaign ‘Understand Together‘ aimed at inspiring people to stand together with the 500,000 whose lives have been touched by dementia.