With dementia being a global health concern currently with no disease modifying treatment, finding ways to prevent or slow dementia onset is of great clinical and public health importance. The study on “Lower risk of incident dementia among Chinese older adults having three servings of vegetables and two servings of fruits a day” followed the cognitive status of 17,700 dementia-free older adults for 6 years and found that the minimal daily requirement of vegetables and fruits recommended by the World Health Organization might help prevent dementia in late life. Future studies should confirm whether the observed association is present in other large cohorts of older adults from different ethnicities (Age Ageing. 2017 Sep 1;46(5):773-779. doi: 10.1093/ageing/afx018).
Anyone interested in future collaboration in this field of research is welcome to contact our key investigator Prof Linda Lam, professor of our Department of Psychiatry and director of its Dementia Research Unit. Prof Lam’s research focus is the genetic, epidemiological and clinical aspects of psychiatric disorders.