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Young-onset dementia risk increased by Vitamin D deficiency and depression, study says

Vitamin D deficiency, depression and diabetes are among a number of health issues that increase the risk of young-onset dementia, a major study suggests. The condition – which around 70,000 people in the UK are thought to be living with – is when symptoms of dementia develop before the age of 65. The study challenges the notion that genetics are the sole cause of the condition, researchers have said. Targeting the factors they identified could help reduce the risk, they added. A list of 15 factors – which is similar to that for late-onset dementia – includes alcohol abuse, stroke, social isolation and hearing impairment.