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People who adhere to seven healthy habits could reduce their dementia risk by up to 48 per cent, even for those with a genetic risk, a study of nearly 12,000 Americans claims. Keeping active, eating better, exercise, not smoking and keeping cholesterol and blood sugar in check lowers the risk of getting dementia by up to 43 per cent. Known as the ‘American Heart Association’s Life’s Simple 7’ these habits had been linked to a lower risk of dementia previously. But now study author, Adrienne Tin of the University of Mississippi, said the new study, which followed almost 12,000 people for 30 years, showed the habits could also help ward off dementia for those with the highest genetic risk of dementia. ‘The good news is that even for people who are at the highest genetic risk, living by this same healthier lifestyle are likely to have a lower risk of dementia,’ she said.