According to the NY Times, the evidence supporting the idea that vitamin supplements can prevent dementia is weak or non existent. On the other hand, there are things you can do that are proven to reduce your risk.
Sure, supplements are relatively inexpensive and are usually safe. Pharmaceuticals on the other hand, are risky and require a prescription because of that.
The NY Times recently offered some great advice to reduce your risk of dementia. This includes
Increased physical activity;
Blood pressure management for people with hypertension, particularly in midlife;
And cognitive training.
It is important to also know that blood pressure over management can cause dementia as well as was discovered in a 60 minutes .
Check out the article below
Supplements Won’t Prevent Dementia. But These Steps Might.
Scientists still have no magic shield against Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Yet there is evidence that some strategies may help.
By Paula Span
Donna Kaye Hill realized that her 80-year-old mother was faltering cognitively when her phone suddenly stopped working. When Ms. Hill called the phone company, “they told me she hadn’t paid her bill in three months.”
Finding other alarming evidence of memory gaps, she took her mother, Katie, to a memory clinic. A geriatrician there diagnosed dementia and recommended two prescription drugs and a dietary supplement, a form of vitamin E.
Katie Hill dutifully took vitamin E capsules, along with a host of other medications, until she died four years later. As she declined, her daughter didn’t think the vitamin, or the two prescription medications, was making much difference.