Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Mediterranean diet is key in the battle against dementia

In an open letter to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and UK Prime Minister David Cameron, leading clinicians and health researchers including Dr Richard Hoffman from the University of Hertfordshire’s School of Life and Medical Sciences, have called for people to be urged to convert to a Mediterranean diet.

One of the lead authors of the letter and of an acclaimed book on the Mediterranean diet, Dr Hoffman, with his expertise and research into the effects of the diet, is calling upon the Government to improve public health as an effective weapon in the fight against dementia.  To persuade people to eat fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts, fish and olive oil is ‘possibly the best strategy currently available’ for preventing Alzheimer’s and other memory-robbing diseases.

There is no effective treatment for dementia, but a healthier Mediterranean diet is possibly the most effective way of helping to prevent dementia and may have a far greater impact than pharmaceutical and medical interventions.

Dr Hoffman’s research included collating and analysing information from colleagues and contacts from across Europe.  The letter comes ahead of a crucial meeting in London on Wednesday this week where dementia experts from the G8 group of countries convene to plan a new approach in the research and treatment of the disease (G8 Dementia Summit).

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