Can higher educational attainment help lower dementia risk?

Posted by Raluca Lucacel for the Mental Elf


We do not know much about the direct causes of dementia, but the evidence for possible causal associations includes (Prince et al., World Alzheimer Report 2015):

  • Low education
  • Hypertension
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes

Knowing the risk factors and acting upon the modifiable ones can lower the incidence of the disease. Our level of education is one of the most accepted risk factors in epidemiological studies for dementia. This factor is a modifiable one, so knowing more about how it influences the disease and acting upon it can lead to lower incidence levels and improved quality of life.

An explorative meta-analysis was conducted in order to find out whether a dose-response relation exists between education and dementia risk (Xu et al, 2015).

This paper presents important modifiable factors for reducing the risk of dementia. Many people consider that everyone gets dementia if they live long enough, but this is not true. Dementia is not a normal part of the ageing process and the more we know about the risk factors of the disease, the more we can do to help prevent it from occurring. – See more at:

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