Alzheimer’s disease – Mediterranean Diet
reduces risk of getting Alzheimer’s
April 18th, 2006
A study of
Americans that ate a Mediterranean diet had a reduced risk for getting
Alzheimer’s disease in their old age. The report was first published in
the April issue of the Annals of Neurology.
Oldway’s website they depict the Mediterranean diet along with other
food pyramids based on cultures. A Mediterranean diet includes lots of
vegetables and fruits, whole grains, rice, pasta, beans, legumes and
nuts are eaten on a daily basis. Olive oil and other plant oils along
with cheese and yogurt are all part of a daily eating plan. Fish,
poultry, eggs, and sweets are on a weekly basis, with red meat being
eaten on a monthly basis.
has tested individual food choices to see if Alzheimer’s disease risk
could be reduced. The results on individual foods have had mixed
results depending on the studies. Nikolaos Scarmeas of Columbia
University Medical Center along with his colleagues decided to study the
Mediterranean diet and the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. By studying
a complete dietary approach they hoped to see if this would add
consistency to lowering a person’s risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease
later in life.