Vascular dementia is a common type of dementia caused by reduced blood flow to the brain.
Your Vascular dementia risk can be reduced by choosing a healthy lifestyle such as eating a healthy, balanced diet, not smoking, only drinking the recommended units of alcohol and being active. Vascular Dementia tends to get worse over time, although it’s sometimes possible to slow it down.
There are changes you can make to your lifestyle that may reduce the risk of you getting vascular dementia.
More information on healthy eating can be found here.
More information on exercise can be found here.
Every cigarette you smoke causes real harm. Smoking makes your blood thicker, increasing the risk of getting a blood clot. It narrows your arteries, reducing the amount of oxygen reaching your organs and increases your blood pressure, making your heart work harder than normal.
Smoking increases the risk of stroke by 50%, which can cause Vascular Dementia.
If you already smoke, stopping for two years can reduce this risk by half and after five years, your risk will be the same as a non-smoker.
Quitting smoking can be difficult but there is support available.
More information on smoking and how to quit here.
Binge drinking or drinking too much alcohol can damage your health.
Drinking too much alcohol can cause high blood pressure which puts strain on the blood vessels all over the body, including vital arteries in the brain. High blood pressure is a major cause of vascular dementia, stroke or heart attack.
In order to reduce your risk and stay healthy, you should not exceed drinking the recommended units of alcohol per week.
More information on the effects of alcohol and recommended units can be found here.
More information about vascular dementia can be found below:
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