• May 14, 2019
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  • by Jenneke van Hemert

Today  WHO released its guidelines on dementia, reporting that a balanced diet, exercise, and healthy lifestyle choices may lower risk for dementia. With the emphasis on a balanced diet, the report makes clear to obtain vitamins and nutrients thought to promote brain health, to be taken from whole foods, not supplements. 

If you have any questions what that would look like, click here to see a presentation, which recently was shown to seniors at risk for frailty by me.

These guidelines make sense because certain medical conditions that are associated with an increased risk of developing dementia are also conditions that can be potentially managed with medical nutrition therapy (prescribed diets developed, implemented and monitored by a health professional). These conditions include for example hypertension, diabetes, hypercholesterolemia, obesity, and depression. 

Although the WHO reports that "there is insufficient evidence for social activity and reduction of risk of cognitive decline/dementia", they also note that  "social participation and social support are strongly connected to good health and wellbeing throughout life". Therefore and social inclusion should be supported over the life-course.

Social isolation remains to be a risk factor, which is hard to resolve. Thankfully we have many senior centers and other organizations who put in a lot of effort in reaching out to these vulnerable seniors. Hats off to you.

If you have any questions or comments or want to book a one on one session to see what you or your family member can do to lower your riks, please contact me via this blog, or call me at 250 415 5444.

Stay healthy my friends,

Jenneke van Hemert, RD, BSc in Food, Nutrition, and Health