Healthy Ageing

Exercise and nutrition can prevent early dementia

Meyken Houppermans, PhD. CrossFit Level 3 Trainer
Founder and Head Coach
Over 12,000 people in the Netherlands between 40 and 65 have dementia. Exercise and healthy nutrition can prevent this.

Not just seniors

Over 12,000 people in the Netherlands between the age of 40 and 65 suffer from dementia. On average, the time between the diagnose and death is eight years.

The disease is incurable. It is the third most common cause of death in The Netherlands.

Dementia at a relative young age is often diagnosed only after many years. During those years, daily life becomes increasingly problematic. Symptoms such as mood swings and abnormal behavior are initially often related to burnout or depression.

Prevention and delay

Dementia cannot be sures yet, anno 2024. Prevention and delay are essential.

A population based cohort study in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, among people of Rotterdam of 45 years and older shows that a third of cases of dementia can be prevented by not smoking and by taking lifestyle measurements to prevent type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. A healthy lifestyle with a healthy diet and regular exercise can help prevent dementia.

There as also indications that older people with an increased risk of dementia benefit from a healthy diet and exercise as well as from cognitive and physical training. Training the body and the brain can slow down and stabilize decline.

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