Dementia is the name given to a group of symptoms linked to an ongoing decline in brain function. You could lower your risk of the neurodegenerative condition by regularly eating fish, it’s been revealed.
There are a number of different types of dementia, and the most common in the UK is Alzheimer’s disease.
Diagnosing the condition early could help to slow down the condition’s progress.
Making some small lifestyle changes could lower your chances of developing Alzheimer’s in later life.
One of the best diet swaps to lower your risk of dementia is to regularly eat fish, it’s been revealed.
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“Would you like reduce your risk of cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia? Researchers from around the world having been studying a variety of different factors that might reduce these risks and keep the brain healthy,” said Havard Medical School’s Dr Andrew Budson.
“No study has been able to determine the critical components of the Mediterranean diet that makes it so good for your brain — until now.
“Fish was the single most important dietary factor in lowering the risk of cognitive impairment. Vegetables were second best, and all other foods showed smaller, insignificant effects.
“Moreover, of all the foods evaluated, only fish was associated with a lower risk of cognitive decline. Eating fish lowered the risk of both cognitive impairment and cognitive decline.”
Meanwhile, you could also lower your chances of developing Alzheimer’s in later life by eating berries at least twice a week.
They’re a great snack to protect against a whole host of medical conditions.
Berries make up part of the MIND diet, which combines elements of the Mediterranean diet.
The MIND diet has been claimed to keep the brain sharp beyond its years, and could even delay the onset of dementia.
There’s no certain way to prevent dementia from developing, but there are ways to lower your risk, said the NHS.
Eating a healthy, balanced diet should help to lower your chances of developing dementia.
It’s also important to do enough exercise. Everyone should aim to do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity every week.
There are around 850,000 people in the UK with dementia, and the condition affects one in every six people over 80 years old.