Study Indicates Mediterranean Diet May Slow Development of Alzheimer's Disease

Study Indicates Mediterranean Diet May Slow Development of Alzheimer's Disease

“We’re seeing these changes only in parts of the brain specifically affected by Alzheimer’s, and in relatively young adults,” Mosconi says. “It all points to the way we eat putting us at risk for Alzheimer’s down the line. If your diet isn’t balanced, you really need to make an effort to fix it, if not for your body, then for your brain.”
(Reynolds, 2018)

The relationship between diet and health has become a more frequently studied topic in recent years. In this study, researchers compared 34 people who ate a Mediterranean diet with 36 people who ate a typical Western diet. Their brains were scanned initially, and then again two years later. The researchers found a higher volume of beta-amyloid deposits in those eating the Western diet (Reynolds, 2018). Beta-amyloid is known to collect in the brains of those experiencing Alzheimer's disease (Reynolds). As is common in studies of this nature, more data is needed to be conclusive. However, the study is one of many that shows we may need to rethink the way we eat here in the United States and in other Western countries.

The study was conducted with support from the National Institutes of Health, where a summary of the article may be found. Additionally the abstract may be viewed in the April, 2018 issue of Neurology.


References

Reynolds, S., 2018. Mediterranean diet may slow development of Alzheimer’s disease. National Institutes of Health. Retrieved from https://www.nih.gov/news-events/nih-research-matters/mediterranean-diet-....

Berti, V., Walters, M., Sterling, J., Quinn, C.G., Logue, M., Andrews, R., ... Mosconi, L. (2018). Neurology. doi:10.1212/WNL.0000000000005527

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