You are what you eat, you know. Studies demonstrate that all the time. This week the site Food for the Brain launched the new Cognitive Function Test which enables self-assessment for cognitive function as well as a personalised lifestyle and nutrition plan once you have completed the test. It only takes 15 minutes.
One in four people aged over 50 are predicted to develop Alzheimer's at some stage in their life, and approximately 850,000 people in Britain are currently affected by the disease, which is the most common form of dementia.
There are currently no cures for the disease and risk factors are said to include a lack of intellectual stimulating activity, a lack of exercise and a low intake of vegetables and essential vitamins. High sugar and fatty diets are said to increase the risk of developing the disease.
Designed for those aged 50 to 70, it has been developed by Professor David Smith from Oxford University, who is one of the leading figures in Alzheimer's research in Britain, and charity Food For The Brain. Professor Smith, who has years of experience in cognitive function, said that as well as acting as a screening programme, the test also provides advice and a personalised health plan. 'Not only does the test give people positive prevention steps to reduce risk in the long-term but also there's an annual check-up so people can track how diet and lifestyle changes impact on their cognitive function.'
I took the test and scored a 64, well in the green area. So, I'm not losing it yet. What's your score?