With increasing age, the risk of dementia, a disease that causes mental decline, increases.
Dementia is a disease for which there is no cure yet, but it is possible to protect yourself from it by making a habit of using a certain diet.
This was revealed in a medical study in the UK.
A study by the University of Exeter found that eating a diet rich in nuts, fish, whole grains, fruits and vegetables significantly reduced the risk of developing dementia.
Research has found that diets based on plant sources protect against dementia.
Such a diet is called the Mediterranean diet.
This typical diet of the citizens of countries like Spain, Greece, Italy and France consists of fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, fish, olive oil, etc. It is considered to be the best for prevention of heart, diabetes and obesity.
The researchers said that this diet also protects against dementia in people who have a high genetic risk of the disease.
This, he said, provides an indication of how lifestyle choices can protect against disease.
For the study, data from more than 60,000 people were obtained from the online database UK Biobank and their clinical and lifestyle factors were analysed.
The results showed that people who consumed more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fish had a 23% lower risk of developing dementia.
The results of the study were published in the journal BMC Medicine.