Dr. Barbara Huggins

Mediterranean Diet & Alzeimer’s Disease

July 5, 2007

Mediterranean Diet & Alzeimer's Disease -  July 5, 2007It's Alzheimer's Awareness week. More than 26 million people worldwide are living with this disease and the numbers continue to increase. Dr. Mom has a report on why this is the case, as well as some advice on how to keep your brain strong.

Scientists estimate that approximately 4.5 million older Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. A study involving 2,258 people in New York City was conducted by researchers at Columbia University Medical Center. The study included gathering medical and neurological history as well as performing physical and neurological exams on the participants. The researchers also obtained dietary information from the participants. At completion of this 4 year study, researchers concluded that higher adherence to the Mediterranean diet was associated with a reduction in the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

What is Alzheimer’s disease?
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia. Dementia occurs in people with Alzheimer’s disease because healthy brain tissue degenerates causing a decline in memory and mental abilities.

What is the Mediterranean Diet?
The Mediterranean diet incorporates the basics of healthy eating.

Key components include:

As you can see, the components of the Mediterranean diet is something you may have heard or read about to help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. However, a healthy vascular system may also help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

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