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Summary: Working past normal retirement age may help to stave off Alzheimer's disease, research has suggested.

Working past normal retirement age may help to stave off Alzheimer's disease, research has suggested.

Scientists at King's College, London, studied 382 men with early indications of Alzheimer's found a significant link between later retirement age and delayed dementia symptoms.

But experts stress that also keeping physically active and eating a good diet is the best way to reduce your dementia risk.

Dr Susanne Sorensen, head of research at the Alzheimer's Society, said: "There could be a number of reasons why later retirement in men is linked with later onset of dementia.

"Men who retire early often do so because of health conditions, such as hypertension (high blood pressure) or diabetes, which increase your risk of dementia. It could also be that working helps keep your mind and body active, which may reduce risk of dementia.

"The best way to reduce your risk of dementia is to combine keeping physically active with eating a balanced diet and getting your blood pressure and cholesterol checked regularly."

She added: "One million people will develop dementia in the next ten years. Investing in research into how to prevent dementia is vital if we are to defeat this devastating condition."

The research led by Michelle Lupton, from the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College, London, is reported in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

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