Mediterranean Diet Linked to Lower Alzheimer’s Risk

6 09 2007

We all have heard about the benefits of the Mediterranean diet, which has been associated with lower risk for several forms of cancer, obesity, dyslipidemia, hypertension, abnormal glucose metabolism, coronary heart disease, and overall mortality. This diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, legumes, cereals, and fish and low in meat and dairy products.

Now, researchers at Columbia University in New York have found that individuals who followed this diet reduced their Alzheimer’s Disease risk by up to 68% compared with those who did not adhere to this diet.

As a possible mechanism for this results, researchers stated that this diet could reduce Alzheimer’s Disease risk possibly by reducing inflammation or oxidative stress in the brain. Although this and other issues will be the focus of future research.

The study was published in the medical journal Archives of Neurology.

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