FISH FOR DEMENTIA
It's time you got fishy!
fnbworld bureau/New Delhi
New research suggests that oily fish can benefit dementia and delay its onset. Also called senility, dementia is a word for a group of symptoms caused by disorders that affect the brain.
It is not a specific disease. People with dementia may not be able to think well enough to do normal activities, such as getting dressed or eating.
They may lose their ability to solve problems or control their emotions. Their personalities may change. They may become agitated or see things that are not there. Memory loss is a common symptom of dementia. However, memory loss by itself does not mean you have dementia. People with dementia have serious problems with two or more brain functions, such as memory and language.
Many different diseases can cause dementia, including Alzheimer's disease and stroke. Drugs are available to treat some of these diseases. While these drugs cannot cure dementia or repair brain damage, they may improve symptoms or slow down the disease.
Eating oily fish could play a role in preventing the onset of dementia, research reveals. A study of nearly 15,000 people over the age of 65 across China, India, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Mexico and Peru saw researchers assess dietary habits and diagnose dementia through validated culturally and educationally-fair criteria.
Published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the results showed that in each country except India, there was an inverse association between fish consumption and dementia prevalence.
Earlier this month, research from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine stated that moderate alcohol intake can help prevent dementia.
Its study of more than 3,000 people over 75 revealed that those who had no cognitive impairment at the start of the study and drank eight to 14 alcoholic beverages a week had an average 37 per cent reduction in risk of developing dementia, compared to those who did not touch a drop.