Dr. Richard Isaacson, Director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic and Director of the Neurology Residency program at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, is available for third-party commentary on a new report from the The Lancet International Commission on Dementia Prevention, Intervention and Care that claims that through simple, healthful lifestyle and behavior changes, dementia risk could significantly decrease.

In a report presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2017 (AAIC 2017) in London, The Lancet Commission reported that more than one third of global dementia cases may be preventable through addressing lifestyle factors that impact an individual's risk.

Please note this study is under embargo until Thursday, July 20, 2017 12:01am ET

The report notes that prevention is key, with evidence showing that roughly 35 percent of all cases of dementia are attributable to nine potentially modifiable risk factors, including smoking, hypertension, hearing loss, obesity and physical inactivity.  

According to the Commission’s report, worldwide dementia prevalence could be reduced by more than 1 million cases with a 10 percent reduction in the prevalence of seven principal health and lifestyle factors. An intervention that delayed dementia by a year might decrease the number of people living with dementia globally by 9 million in 2050.

Dr. Richard Isaacson has devoted his entire career to studying Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other dementias, with the goals of finding more efficient treatment options and ways to prevent or delay memory decline decades before the onset of the disease. His research supports the idea that lifestyle choices such as regular exercise, mental stimulation and eating certain foods could protect and preserve brain health. He is available for comment on the report’s findings.