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Why education cuts dementia.

Previous research had shown that each additional year of education cut the risk of dementia by 11%, but why?

Prof Carol Brayne has looked at the brains of nearly 900 people in 3 large research projects into aging.

She found that people with different levels of education have similar physical brain deterioration, so factors such as higher income and healthier lifestyles can be ruled out.

It is known that one person can have a lot of brain deterioration and not show the symptoms of dementia while another has little deterioration and does suffer.

So education in early life appears to enable people to cope better with a lot of changes in their brain before showing dementia symptoms.


July 26, 2010 - Posted by | Aging, Alzheimer's, Brain, Carol Brayne, Dementia, Health, Learning, Memory, Success

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