September 25, 2014

Nutrition and dementia

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Eat to Cheat Ageing: what you eat helps you make 60 'the new 50' and 80 'the new 70'
by dietitian, Ngaire Hobbins
Eat to Cheat Ageing is based on the science of nutrition for ageing but written for the everyday reader as well as health professionals. It is not a fad diet. It’s about going back to basics: eating and enjoying real food, being active at a level that works for you and being able to live life to the full.
Learn how the food is vital in maintaining every one of your body’s organs, keeps your blood coursing through your veins and oxygen through your body. Learn how to fight illness and infection, repair bumps and bruises, combat Type 2 Diabetes, and keep your brain adequately fuelled and your mind firing as you’d like it to.
Learn why dieting to lose weight in older age is one of the worst things you can do to your physical and mental well-being.

The link between nutrition and dementia: education resource booklet
by Domenic Commisso
There is now a recognised interconnection between chronic diseases and dementia, in particular diet and lifestyle related chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes and vascular diseases which includes high blood pressure and stroke.
Recent studies suggest a role for nutrition and some complementary medicines as part of an early intervention treatment strategy.

Nutrition and dementia : a review of available research
Compass Group and Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) have come together in commissioning this report to investigate how the right nutrition can help to make life better for people who live with dementia.  The authors   have reviewed a number of areas in existing research regarding the relevance of nutritional factors to primary and secondary prevention of dementia, undernutrition in dementia and interventions to improve the nutrition of people living with dementia. The report shows the importance of each of these factors in the everyday nutrition and care of people with dementia. In addition, it identifies how we can start building methods and guidelines that will complement clinical treatment of the diseases.

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