Eating fruits and vegetables may lower risk of dementia in older adults

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A population-based observational study published February 10, 2017 in the journal Age and Ageing has yet again provided evidence for the benefits of eating fruits and vegetables. The study says that at eating least three servings of vegetables and two servings of fruits daily might help prevent dementia in older adults.

Researchers examined the diet of more than 17,000 Chinese older adults who attended the Elderly Health Centres in Hong Kong who did not have at study baseline. Their cognitive status was followed up for 6 years. The cut-off for minimal intake of vegetables and fruits was defined as that recommended by the WHO as at least three and two servings per day, respectively

Compared with adults who did not adhere to WHO recommendations for fruit and vegetable intake, adults who consumed three servings of vegetables and two servings of fruits daily were found to be at lower risk of dementia development over 6 years. Dementia risk was further reduced for adults who consumed an additional three portions of vegetables each day, the team reports.

According to the authors, the study also highlights the importance of daily intake of fruits and vegetables for cognitive maintenance.

(Source: Medical News Today)

Dr KK Aggarwal
National President IMA & HCFI