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Something fishy about preventing dementia through diet

Something fishy about preventing dementia through diet
20th July 2009

Eating oily fish could play a role in preventing the onset of dementia, research reveals.

A study of nearly 15,000 people over the age of 65 across China, India, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Mexico and Peru saw researchers assess dietary habits and diagnose dementia through validated culturally and educationally-fair criteria.

Published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the results showed that in each country except India, there was an inverse association between fish consumption and dementia prevalence.

Earlier this month, research from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine stated that moderate alcohol intake can help prevent dementia.

Its study of more than 3,000 people over 75 revealed that those who had no cognitive impairment at the start of the study and drank eight to 14 alcoholic beverages a week had an average 37 per cent reduction in risk of developing dementia, compared to those who did not touch a drop.

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