Dr. Nikolaos Scarmeas and his colleagues published a study on a group of elderly subjects that indicated eating a Mediterranean style diet resulted in a lower risk of Alzheimer's disease. In an effort to confirm the data from those results, the researchers evaluated a different population. Their first study had looked at people who didn't have evidence of Alzheimer's at the start of the study, while the second study evaluated those with some degree of dementia. This was a retrospective study where dietary intake for the previous year was assessed.
The results of this research are similar to that of Scarmeas' previous study. The participants who scored in the upper third of the defined categories of a Mediterranean diet were found to have a 60% lower risk of Alzheimer's disease. Those in the middle third had a 24% reduction in risk and even eating a little bit healthier (those in the lower third of the Mediterranean diet score) results in a 19% lower chance of having dementia.
There has been some link of Alzheimer's with vascular diseases such as the processes that cause heart attack and stroke. In an effort to see if those links might be a factor in their results the researchers adjusted for participants with any evidence of conditions associated with heart attack and stroke such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. In doing so they found the risk was 68% lower for those with scores in the upper third and 53% lower for the middle third.
More and more evidence shows that eating a Mediterranean style diet can reduce the risk for cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and even dementia. You can live longer and live better by eating great food.
Eat well, eat healthy, enjoy life!
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