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Fish can lower the risk of dementia for seniors

-Kathy Johnson, PhD, CMC

A recent survey of 15,000 senior citizens in seven countries had interesting results– eating fish, which has omega-3 long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids, helps decrease the risk of dementia.

International researchers set out to figure out the risk of dementia amongst those 65 years+ and in middle to low income countries, such as China, India, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Mexico, and Peru. They specifically looked into how much meat and fish that were consumed.

In all of the countries that were surveyed, except India, there was an association between the amount of fish eaten and whether dementia was prevalent or not. The more fish that was consumed, the lower was their risk for dementia. Similarly, the less fish that was consumed, the higher their risk for dementia.

However, the link between eating meat and the risks of dementia was not found in this survey.

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