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Mediterranean Diet For Alzheimer’s

Fish DinnerA new study discovers that a Mediterranean diet may help people with Alzheimer’s disease live longer than patients who eat a more traditional Western diet.

The study follows an investigation that determined healthy people who eat a Mediterranean diet lower their risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

The research is published in the September 11, 2007, issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Scientists followed 192 New York residents diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease for an average of four and a half years. During that time, 85 of the people died.

Researchers found that those who most closely followed a Mediterranean diet were 76 percent less likely to die during the study period than those who followed the diet the least.

“The more closely people followed the Mediterranean diet, the more they reduced their mortality,” said study author Nikos Scarmeas, MD, MSc, of Columbia University Medical Center in New York, and member of the American Academy of Neurology.

“For example, Alzheimer’s patients who adhered to the diet to a moderate degree lived an average 1.3 years longer than those people who least adhered to the diet. And those Alzheimer’s patients who followed the diet very religiously lived an average four years longer.”

Studies have also shown that healthy people who follow a Mediterranean diet live longer than those who eat a more traditional Western diet, higher in saturated fat and meats and lower in fruits and vegetables.

“New benefits of this diet keep coming out,” said Scarmeas.

“We need to do more research to determine whether eating a Mediterranean diet also helps Alzheimer’s patients have slower rates of cognitive decline, maintain their daily living skills, and have a better quality of life.”

The Mediterranean diet includes a high intake of vegetables, legumes, fruits, cereals, fish, monounsaturated fatty acids; a low intake of saturated fatty acids, dairy products, meat and poultry; and a mild to moderate amount of alcohol.

Source: American Academy of Neurology

Mediterranean Diet For Alzheimer’s

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

APA Reference
Nauert PhD, R. (2015). Mediterranean Diet For Alzheimer’s. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 19, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2007/09/11/mediterranean-diet-for-alzheimers/1263.html

 

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