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Robert Kneschke / Shutterstock While there are many factors associated with the development of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease , health experts cite aging as the largest risk. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, genetics, lifestyle habits, and your environment are all thought to affect your chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease —the most common form of dementia—but most individuals with the disease are over the age of 65. After that point, the risk doubles every five years. But while aging is unavoidable, there are some factors within our control that contribute to the chances of developing this condition. Read on to learn what a new study says slashes your dementia risk. Lopolo / Shutterstock Without a cure for dementia, research efforts are geared toward identifying how and why the disease occurs, and who is most at risk. Recently, investigators from the University of Cambridge in the U.K. and Fudan University in China found that middle-aged and older adults require seven hours of sleep each night to help stave off cognitive decline. When hours were below or above that number , study participants had poorer cognitive performance, affecting memory, processing speed, and the ability to solve problems. Getting the optimal number of […]

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