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Diet 'can cut dementia risk'

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An expert has advised older people to maintain a healthy diet and keep a close eye on their lifestyles in order to reduce the risk of developing dementia, after researchers in Scotland announced a new probe into the condition.

 

Alzheimer's Society media manager Hannah Clack explained that regular medical check-ups, exercise and physical activity can all play a key role in maintaining mental sharpness well into advanced age.

 

"We know that diet can reduce the risk of developing dementia by a third, whereas obesity can more than double your risk," she commented. "It is important to combine diet with regular exercise."

 

Ms Clack suggested adopting a Mediterranean-style diet high in antioxidants and added that avoiding smoking can also help to reduce the likelihood of developing Alzheimer's and other illnesses.

 

Her remarks came after a team of scientists from the University of Dundee announced they were conducting a study into how best to harness the human body's antioxidant capabilities to fight cell damage.

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Dementia treatment news : 8 July 2011

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