A study of over 2,000 pensioners in New York found that those who went on to develop dementia were the ones who had a diet that was rich in high fat dairy products and red meat.
The University of Columbia was responsible for the study and upon analysis of the results found that one specific dietary pattern was significantly associated with a reduced risk of the disease.
They found that diets with high intakes of salad dressing, nuts, fish, tomatoes, poultry, fruits , certain dark and green leafy vegetables, and low intakes of high-fat dairy, red meat, offal and butter were associated with a lower risk of Alzhemier’s disease, as are high intakes of polyunsaturated fatty acids, vitamin E and folate.
A spokesperson from the Alzheimer’s Research Trust has said that the study has highlighted just how important it is to adapt our lifestyles as we get older.
“By exercising regularly, watching what we eat and maintaining an active social life —we can reduce dementia risk. Unfortunately, no diet or lifestyle factor can eliminate dementia risk entirely,”