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Mediterranean Diet Effective in Staving off Risk of Alzheimer’s

by Medindia Content Team on April 19, 2006 at 10:04 PM
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Mediterranean Diet Effective in Staving off Risk of Alzheimer’s

According to a recent finding, Americans whose diet was Mediterranean, that included lots of fruits, vegetables, legumes, cereals, some fish and alcohol, and little dairy and meat, certainly had a low risk of Alzheimer's disease as they aged. These findings have been published in the April issue of Annals of Neurology.

According to stalwarts in the field of diet , Alzheimer's development is greatly influenced with diet pattern, though epidemiological data on diet and Alzheimer's gives a contradictory opinion.

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During the study, the participants were part of the Washington Heights-Inwood Columbia Aging project, and for each subject, researchers studied their medical and neurological history, replete with a personal interview to gauge health and neuropsychological function. This information was essential in knowing about the presence or absence of dementia. Participants were subjected to a follow up every 18 months, for about 4 years.

The authors reported that "Higher adherence to the Mediterranean diet was associated with significantly lower risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. We conclude that higher adherence to the Mediterranean diet is associated with a reduction in risk for Alzheimer's disease."

Source :Eureka
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