Risk of dementia related to diet
Friday 16th April, 2010
A new study of pensioners in the United States has found that dietary patterns have a significant association with dementia.
Of the 2,000 pensioners surveyed in New York, those who went on to develop dementia were more likely to eat diets containing high-fat dairy products.
However, a diet rich in nuts, fish and poultry with reduced intake of red meat and butter could reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
According to the Columbia University study, there is connection between a low risk of developing dementia when diets contains polyunsaturated fats, vitamin E and folate.
Alzheimer’s disease currently affects around 400,000 people in Britain. Chief executive of the Alzheimer’s Research Trust, Rebecca Wood told The Times that this latest study highlights the importance of lifestyle choices such as diet to the risks of dementia.
“Adapting our lifestyles as we get older — by exercising regularly, watching what we eat and maintaining an active social life — can reduce dementia risk. Unfortunately, no diet or lifestyle factor can eliminate dementia risk entirely,” she said.
“Thirty-five million people worldwide live with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, a number set to grow rapidly. We must invest in dementia research to develop new treatments for this devastating set of diseases.”