Focus on keeping the rest of your body with exercise and healthful habits as opposed to popping vitamin pills, new guidelines for preventing dementia advise, if you would like to save your brain.

WHO released a report on Tuesday says Approximately 50 million people have dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type. Each year brings 10 million new cases.

Although age is the top risk factor, “dementia is not a natural or inevitable result of ageing,” report says.

Maria Carrillo, chief science officer of the Alzheimer’s Association, said “Since dementia is currently not curable and many experimental treatments have failed, focusing on prevention may give us more advantage in the shorter term.”

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Including getting enough exercise; having an active social life, treating other health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, and avoiding harmful habits such as overeating, smoking, and drinking alcohol. They are known to aid overall health, although evidence is weak that some of these help preserve thinking skills, the World Health Organization says.

Following a diet, and eating well, may help prevent dementia, the guidelines say. But they take a firm stance against multi-complex supplements or E pills, fish oil or vitamin B that are promoted for brain health since there’s substantial research showing they do not work.

“People should be looking for these nutrients through food… not through supplements,” Carrillo agreed.

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The WHO didn’t endorse games and other activities helps to boost thinking skills. These activities can help those who have impairment or capacities, but there is low to very low evidence of benefit.

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