Mediterranean diet 'can reduce dementia risk'

Over 50s who eat and live healthily can significantly reduce their risk of suffering from diseases such as Alzheimer's, according to new medical research.

The Journal of the American Medical Association has revealed that people who eat a Mediterranean-style diet including green leafy vegetables, nuts and oily fish can reduce their chance of contracting the degenerative illness by 40 per cent.

When combined with regular exercise, this can increase to 60 per cent, prompting experts on the disease to recommend that older people act now to do their part in protecting themselves against dementia.

Dr Susanne Sorensen, head of research at the Alzheimer's Society, said: "Dementia is one of people's biggest fears in later life but very few people realise that there are things they can do to reduce their risk of developing this devastating condition."

Last week, Dr Sorenson also recommended a low-cholesterol, low-stress lifestyle to reduce the risk of Alzheimer's, while brain exercises such as crosswords and Sudoku can also prove useful.

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