Living in the suburbs could protect people from dementia

Scientists belives factors like polution may have a damaging effect on the brain  But the reverse could be true of affluent areas and help promote health   Daily stress in disadvantaged areas also contributes to poor brain health  

By Rosie Taylor for the Daily Mail

Published: 01:54 BST, 17 July 2017 | Updated: 01:54 BST, 17 July 2017

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Living in the suburbs could help protect you from dementia, a study found.

People in poorer areas were far more likely to show the early signs of Alzheimer’s disease than those who lived in wealthier districts.

Scientists believe factors such as pollution, limited access to healthy food or space to exercise and low levels of education in deprived areas may have a damaging effect on brain health.

In affluent areas access to good education, nutrition and cleaner air can promote health

In affluent areas access to good education, nutrition and cleaner air can promote health

But the reverse could be true of affluent areas, where access to good education, nutrition and cleaner air can promote health. Dr Dean Hartley, of the US-based Alzheimer’s Association, said: ‘It is not only things like good schools, nutrition and exercise programmes [in wealthier areas], it is not having that daily stress that disadvantaged areas bring, like when you’re going off to school wondering “will I eat today?”, “do I have to worry about my little brother or sister?”, or the stress of not having a job or not being able to put food on the table.’

In a study presented at London’s

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