March 13, 2015

Finnish study shows memory disorders can be prevented

One of the study groups was given intensive guidance, which included dietary instructions, participation in exercise activities and memory training.
One of the study groups was given intensive guidance, which included dietary instructions, participation in exercise activities and memory training.
Kalle parkkinen / Lehtikuva

Results from a recent Finnish study that was published in the highly regard journal, The Lancet, suggest for the first time, that memory disorders can be prevented by controlling the associated risk factors.

The study, which involved a total of 1 260 elderly Finnish participants divided into two groups over the course of two years, showed that persons of the control group had a 31 per cent greater risk of memory and other cognitive decline than those who received intensive lifestyle guidance.

One of the groups was given standard lifestyle advice and the other intensive guidance. Intensive guidance included dietary instruction and participation in exercise activities and memory training, as well as support in managing the risk factors of cardiovascular diseases.

“The increasing incidence of memory disorders is one of the greatest challenges for our society over the coming decades,” says Juhani Eskola, director general of the National Institute for Health and Welfare THL. “If these findings on means of prevention can now be put into practice, it would be of huge public health and economic benefit in Finland and worldwide.”

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