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The More You Read and Learn, The Less You Will Forget Names at Weddings and Parties

A high cognitive reserve helps stave off cognition loss

Bhavin Jankharia
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The More You Read and Learn, The Less You Will Forget Names at Weddings and Parties
A high cognitive reserve helps stave off cognition loss

As I had mentioned in the piece titled “Not Forgetting Names at Weddings and Parties”, one of the major worries of healthful ageing is cognitive decline, defined as the reduction in one or more cognitive abilities, such as memory, awareness, judgement and mental acuity.

Physical activity, a predominantly plant based food habit and good sleep, including daytime naps, are the three legs that help us reduce the rate of cognitive decline or perhaps prevent it from occurring in the first place.

Two recent papers have further addressed the importance of food and cognitive decline,  one showing a positive correlation between cognitive function and the MIND diet (a hybrid of the Mediterranean diet and the Dietary Approach to stop Hypertension - DASH) [1], the other showing an inverse correlation between dietary fibre intake and the risk of dementia [2], meaning the higher the intake of fibre, the lower the risk of dementia.

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