With the news that good sleep, regular exercise and a little tipple can help keep Alzheimer’s at bay, Michele O’Connor explores other surprising ways you could reduce your risk of the disease.

Check your blood pressure. Even slight hypertension in middle age doubles the risk of dementia, say scientists at University College London.

Enjoy a cuppa. Drinking tea cuts the risk of mental impairment in older people by 50 percent, a recent study found. It added that the benefits are not limited to a particular type of cuppa – as long as it is brewed from tea leaves.

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