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Eat healthily to stave off dementia, expert says

Eat healthily to stave off dementia, expert says
25th May 2011

Eating healthily may lessen the chance of dementia, one expert has commented.

Dr Simon Ridley, head of research at Alzheimer's Research UK, explained that while no research suggests one particular food can stave off the condition, increased cardiovascular risk factors are known to heighten risk.

This indicates that leading a healthy lifestyle could indirectly cut the risk of Alzheimer's disease.

"We don't yet fully understand what causes dementia, but it's likely to be a complex mix of genetics and environmental factors, such as diet, lifestyle and exercise," added Mr Ridley.

He expanded that once the causes of dementia are unravelled, there will be much more of a chance of developing successful treatments.

Meanwhile, research published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that an older person who cares for a spouse with dementia could have a higher risk of developing the condition themselves.

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