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Diet may prevent Alzheimer’s disease, study finds

September 17, 2009 by  

Diet may prevent Alzheimer's disease, study finds A Mediterranean-style diet may become a new weapon for those who would like to reduce their risk of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) as a new study has found that when combined with physical fitness, it lowers the odds of developing neurodegenerative conditions.

Researchers from Columbia University Medical Center studied two groups of 1,880 elderly New Yorkers without dementia at the start of the study, measured their dietary habits and physical activity and then followed up with them for an average of 5.4 years. During that period, a total of 282 people developed Alzheimer’s disease.

The scientists found statistical evidence that both physical activity and a Mediterranean diet adherence were significantly associated with AD incidence, the research report says.

In a recent issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association the scientists wrote that compared with control individuals, high physical activity plus high diet adherence was associated with a 35 percent to 44 percent relative risk reduction.

The research also concurs with a recent study conducted in France that found that the diet was associated with slower cognitive decline.
The hallmarks of the Mediterranean diet include high consumption of fresh produce, especially fruits, vegetables and legumes, as well as cereal and fish, and low intake of red meat and poultry.

Spencer Cameron

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  • April

    I find that the older I get that eating healthy and the harder I work my body greatly helps improve my mind and keeps my immune system in good shape.

  • carole

    Hi were the people in the study put on a mediterranean diet or was it there natural diet? what nationality background did they have? Is this a recognised radom controlled study?
    I have become very forgetful I am 54 work full time eat a good diet maybe to much red meat and chicken try to eat fish 3 to 4 times a week drink moderately exercise I am not good at, bit of hit and miss I have had C.F.S for many years so find exercise difficult I get too tired

  • Barbara

    I have just started a weight loss program where I am totally in charge of fixing all my own food or eating out (nothing prepackaged). I have found that by adjusting the amount of fat in the form of flaxseed oil to be about 30 percent of my calories (in my case 2 tablespoons) and not eating anything else with much fat in it that I feel better and exercise much much better with no pain! I think it is the fountain of youth for me. I mix it in yogurt, or cottage cheese or my favorite is pudding. It makes cheapo fat free pudding taste like it’s Godiva chocolate pudding! It is my essential fatty acids that I wasn’t getting from eating walnuts or avocados which is part of the Med. diet. So yes, I guess I have stumbled on the Med. diet and absolutely love it. I eat fresh foods and up to 6 ounces of chicken or beef or 12 oz of fish a day. The oil must be refrigerated and shaken before use. Since taking 2 tablespoons of flaxseed oil every day, I have joy and energy and fun in my life. I wish all well and hope you try it too!

  • Merl Elton

    Never realized it before; however, you really need to eat healthy food and exercise: lots of greens; less meat; very little if any red meats: use meat, fish, and chicken as a garnishes; rather than as main courses. Little or no sweets; no more than 2 cups of coffee/day; and 1 alcoholic drink/day for women; 2 for men; if at all. And exercise every day. It is all a lot of work and most of us fall off the wagon a lot and then we feel the pain. Keep everything in moderation and balance as much as possible no room for slipping up. You need to go everything right just to get by.

  • Merl Elton

    I agree that getting older takes its toll; no matter how careful one is. At 59, I have developed arthritis and osteoporosis. Therefore, I can no longer move quickly and easily; and jogging on concrete is out of the question. I must eat very healthy foods at the same times daily; and take all of my many medications on schedule; or I will get out of sorts. And there is some fat and flab on my body that just will not go away despite walking, weight lifting, and dancing. If I exercise too hard, fatigue, joint pain, stiffness, and tendonitis set in; so I do what I can; when I can; and hope for the best. Hormones control strength, energy level, and weight; and when hormones decline in late middle age everything changes.

  • B. Herrick

    Michael Pollan says it all. “Eat food. Mostly plants. Not too much.”

  • Audrey

    Have a spirit of love and charity for your neighbor.
    I don’t believe that we must be miserable in order to be healthy. Eat in moderation what God makes available.
    Think about it, please.


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