Nordic diet combined with activity can decrease cognitive decline

New research shows that a healthy diet combined with staying active can reduce cognitive decline.

Research presented at Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) today shows that a healthy diet combined with staying active can reduce cognitive decline.

Following the Nordic Prudent Dietary Pattern (NPDP), which is high in non-root vegetables, fish, poultry and fruit was found to reduce cognitive decline, and this reduction is improved when we stay mentally, physically and socially active.

Dr Doug Brown, Chief Policy and Research Officer at Alzheimer’s Society, says:

'In lieu of there being no way to cure, slow down or treat dementia, prevention is king.  

'This study looked at the Nordic Prudent Dietary Pattern and how eating well and exercising could reduce cognitive decline. Diet and staying active – both mentally and physically – are key considerations when it comes to limiting your risk of developing dementia, but this study went a step further and found that combining both activities may reduce cognitive decline further.

'These results support the findings of our own funded research into how what we eat can reduce the risk of developing problems with memory and thinking.

'Age is the biggest risk factor for dementia, but there are things we can all do now to help lower our chances of developing the condition, including healthy eating and keeping our body and mind active.'
 

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