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Certain health conditions can double your dementia risk, warns new study

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Dementia is a debilitating condition that impacts a person's cognitive functions. It generally affects older people and can make life difficult and stressful for sufferers as well as those around them.

While it has no one cause, medical professionals have been looking for links between the condition and other health issues to determine possible ways to lower the risk of developing dementia.

Now two new studies have identified health conditions that may significantly impact your risk of developing onset dementia, report the Mirror.

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