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Nutrition's Role in Preventing Types of Dementia

Posted on December 1, 2008 by DementiaGuide

A Healthy Diet May Help Reduce Types of Dementia

Recent studies show a lack of vitamin B12 and other nutritional factors may increase the risk of different types of dementia and cognitive decline. Researchers have noticed strong evidence for a connection between low levels of folic acid and vitamin B12 to an increase in cases of dementia.

Vitamin B12 deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency in the western world. In the diet, B12 is present in meat, poultry, fish, eggs and dairy. Adults over 50 are also more likely to be lacking than most, as a third of people in this age-group suffer from atrophic gastritis whereby the stomach lining thins and the amount of B12 absorbed by the small intestine is reduced. Vitamin B12 has been connected to reducing the risk of various types od dementia.

On certain other dietary factors, research may suggest that steering a middle course is the best strategy for staving off types of dementia: high and low calorie intake were seen to be risk factors, as were high and low blood sugar, antioxidant levels (in particular vitamin E), and alcohol consumption.

Research indicates that eating a diet containing more fruits, vegatable and grainsmay prevent types of dementia.

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