Only 2% of people can identify risks of developing dementia

November 17, 2016   //   No Comments

dementia-personPublic Health England (PHE) found that more than a quarter (28%) of the British public is unable to correctly identify any potentially modifiable risk factor for developing dementia.  There is growing evidence that a third of dementia cases could be a result of factors potentially in our control, and actions like taking regular exercise and not smoking can reduce your risk of developing it. This means there is huge potential for prevention.

The survey, carried out by the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen), asked the public if they could identify any of the following risk factors: heavy drinking, smoking, high blood pressure, depression and diabetes as well as the protective factor of taking regular exercise and found just 2% of the public is able to identify all of them. Also, more than 1 in 4 people (27%) in Britain incorrectly believe that there is nothing anyone can do to reduce their risks of getting dementia.

Read the full report here.