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Can I reduce my risk of dementia?

Overview

Making changes

Diet

Your weight

Exercise

Stopping smoking

Keeping mentally active

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  • Reviewed by Graham Pembrey, Lead Health Editor, Bupa Health Content Team, September 2017
    Reviewed by Professor Graham Stokes, Bupa Global Director of Dementia Care
    Next review due September 2020

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