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Dementia is a syndrome in which memory, reasoning, behavior and the ability to perform daily living activities are impaired. Although dementia primarily affects older people, it is not a natural or inevitable consequence of ageing. Nevertheless, there are 50 million people living with dementia in the world, and every year there are nearly 10 million new cases. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia and is thought to be responsible for 60-70% of cases.
Several recent studies have shown a relationship between the development of cognitive impairment and dementia with lifestyle- related risk factors, such as physical inactivity, tobacco use, unhealthy diets and harmful use of alcohol. The World Health Organization (WHO) recently published new recommendations related to Alzheimer’s disease. Here are three tips to help you reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s.
Studies suggest that strict adherence to a Mediterranean diet is associated with a lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The Mediterranean diet is characterized by a high intake of plant based foods, namely whole grains, vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts and olive oil. It also relies on regular consumption of fish and poultry, as well as moderate consumption of red wine, dairy products and eggs. Moreover, it is distinguished by a low consumption of sweets and red meat. It is represented by a pyramid.
More specifically, the following dietary advice is recommended to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease:
To help you, SOSCuisine has designed an Alzheimer’s meal plan based on the Mediterranean diet and which takes into account the recommendations listed above.