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In Australia, dementia is the leading cause of disability in people aged over 65 and the second leading cause of death.

Research released today from the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR) finds seven key lifestyle factors that can be attributed to almost 50% of dementia cases.

These include midlife hypertension, diabetes, low educational attainment, smoking, physical inactivity, mid-life obesity, and depression.

With rates of dementia only set to increase as the nation’s population continues to age, researchers suggest Australians need to take care of their brain like they would their superannuation.

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