Mediterranean diet reduces risk of developing dementia: Research

It is well known that food plays a massive role in how you feel and what goes on inside your body and there are types of diets that need to be followed to treat certain conditions. One of those conditions in dementia and while there is no cure available for it right now, we do know that 55 million people around the world are suffering from it as we speak. One thing to note here is that while the treatment is not available, there has been a lot of research made on this subject.

Talking about the same, we must tell you that a new study has been made on dementia and how it is possible to avoid developing it. According to this research, it has been found that Mediterranean diets are linked to less likelihood of developing dementia among adults. Elaborating further on this, the diet that is rich in seafood and contains plant-based foods is considered good to avoid dementia. Those who followed this type of diet had a 23% lower risk of dementia compared to those who had a lower adherence to the diet.

One thing that we can say for sure is that the study was carried out on a lot of patients and over a considerable time period as well. This study was taken out on 60,298 people who were part of the UK Biobank study and it took place over a period of 9 years. There were 882 cases of dementia among the group in this period. This group consisted of people between the age of 40 and 69 and their diets were closely followed.

Susan Mitchell, head of policy at Alzheimer’s Research UK said, “There is currently no magic bullet to stop dementia in its tracks, but eating plenty of vegetables and fruits, regular physical activity and not smoking are behaviors that contribute to heart health, which helps protect the brain from diseases associated with dementia”.

She added that “This new, large study adds to this overall picture, but it only drew on data from people with White, British or Irish ancestry. More research is needed to build on its intriguing findings, and uncover whether these reported benefits also translate to minority communities, where historically dementia has often been misunderstood and highly stigmatised, and where awareness of how people can reduce their risk is low.”


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