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Eat well, exercise more: New global guidelines to reduce risk of dementia

There’s no effective treatment for dementia, which affects 50 million people worldwide, but the World Health Organization says there’s much can be done to delay or slow the onset and progression of the disease.

In new guidelines released Tuesday, the WHO released its first recommendations to reduce the risk of dementia globally. They include regular physical exercise, not using tobacco, drinking less alcohol, maintaining healthy blood pressure and eating a healthy diet — particularly a Mediterranean one.

The international health body also warned against taking dietary supplements such as Vitamins B and E in an effort to combat cognitive decline and dementia.