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A healthy diet 'can reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's'

A healthy diet 'can reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's'
14th April 2010

A new scientific study claims that people eating healthy diet will have a reduced risk of developing Alzheimer's disease later in life.

Over a four-year period, 2,148 New York residents were observed by Colombia University, with 253 of them going on to develop Alzheimer's disease, the Alzheimer's Research Trust reports.

High-intakes of foods such as nuts, fish, tomatoes, poultry, fruit and vegetables and low-intakes of fatty foods like red meat and butter, were found to have a significant correlation with not developing the disease.

Rebecca Wood, chief executive of the ART, said: "Understanding the connection between diet and dementia risk may help prevent the development of diseases like Alzheimer's for some people.

"Adapting our lifestyles as we get older – by exercising regularly, watching what we eat and maintaining an active social life – can reduce dementia risk."

There are 820,000 people in the UK currently living with dementia, according to the ART's own research.

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