A healthy diet to reduce the risk of dementia in people with a learning disability
Lynette Harper Senior lecturer, Learning disability nursing, Kingston University, London, England
There is an increased prevalence of dementia in people with a learning disability, but modifiable lifestyle factors, such as healthy eating, may reduce this risk. This article reviews the evidence on fatty acids, B vitamins, and antioxidants, that have been indicated as preventive measures in neurodegeneration. It also highlights the evidence suggesting that encouraging a healthy and varied diet early in life, and sustaining this through adulthood and later in life, promotes neurological health in people with a learning disability.
Learning Disability Practice. 20, 4, 30-35. doi: 10.7748/ldp.2017.e1829Correspondence
This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated softwareConflict of interest
Received: 22 December 2016
Accepted: 19 May 2017