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NEW YORK – A healthy lifestyle is linked to a lower risk of developing dementia, no matter a person's genetic risk, according to a new analysis, though absolute risks don't change by much.

Both lifestyle and genetic factors — such as smoking and mutations in the APOE gene — have been tied to risk of developing dementia, and a team led by researchers at the University of Exeter Medical School has now examined whether a healthy lifestyle can lower dementia risk, even among individuals with a high genetic risk of developing the condition.

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