Diet and Dementia: You Are What You Eat?

Jun 16, 2014

You are what you eat. When I was a kid I thought this meant that if I ate cake I would turn into cake. Not unappealing for a seven year old. But is it really true?

Apparently so.

Multiple studies have emerged that indicate that the type of food you eat, even at certain times of your life, can affect your cognitive abilities and even prevent dementia.

At the University of Eastern Finland, a study noted that making healthy choices in your midlife impact your risk of dementia. There was a 90% lower risk of dementia from those around the age of 50 who ate a healthier diet.

So we’ve got the when but how about the what?

Another study focused on protein intake and the possible need for that to increase as we age. While the men in that study lowered their risk by 39%, interestingly, the women weren’t affected at all.

And what about those pesky carbs?

Apparently they are just as bad as we believe them to be. Reports have noted the link between high carb diets and the great risk of dementia, Alzheimer’s and more.

Of course, research delving into cognition abilities and dementia is a continual process, so it will be interesting to see how it progresses.

Have you seen the effect of diet with any of your residents?

Oh, and don’t worry. That Finland study also pointed out that people who consume 3 to 5 cups of coffee each day had a lower risk of dementia.

So I think it’s time for another cup.

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