Comments Subscribe to Personal Liberty News Feed Subscribe to Personal Liberty
 

Mediterranean Diet May Help Ward Off Dementia

February 17, 2010 by  

Mediterranean diet may help ward off dementiaA new study has suggested that consuming a Mediterranean diet may help lower the risk of developing small areas of brain damage that can lead to thinking and memory problems.

Researchers found that people who strictly followed a Mediterranean diet, which includes a high intake of vegetables, legumes, fish and monounsaturated fatty acids such as olive oil, as well as a low intake of dairy products, meat and poultry, were less likely to have brain infarcts, which are small areas of dead tissue linked to impaired cognitive function.

In the study, more than 700 participants were separated into three groups based on how closely they were following the Mediterranean diet. After six years, MRI brain scans were conducted, finding that 238 subjects had at least one area of brain damage.

The researchers discovered that respondents who most closely followed the diet were 36 percent less likely to have brain infarcts than were those who rarely followed the diet.

"In this study, not eating a Mediterranean-like diet had about the same effect on the brain as having high blood pressure," concluded study author Nikolaos Scarmeas of the Columbia University Medical Center.
ADNFCR-1961-ID-19606553-ADNFCR

Special To Personal Liberty

You Sound Off! is written by our readers and appears the last Wednesday of each month. If you would like to submit an article or letter to the editor for consideration for You Sound Off!, send it to yousoundoff@personalliberty.com by the Friday before the last Wednesday of the month. To be considered, a submission should be 750 words or less and must include the writer's name, address and a telephone number. Only the writer's name will be published. Anonymous submissions will not be considered.

Facebook Conversations

Join the Discussion:
View Comments to “Mediterranean Diet May Help Ward Off Dementia”

Comment Policy: We encourage an open discussion with a wide range of viewpoints, even extreme ones, but we will not tolerate racism, profanity or slanderous comments toward the author(s) or comment participants. Make your case passionately, but civilly. Please don't stoop to name calling. We use filters for spam protection. If your comment does not appear, it is likely because it violates the above policy or contains links or language typical of spam. We reserve the right to remove comments at our discretion.

Is there news related to personal liberty happening in your area? Contact us at newstips@personalliberty.com

Bottom
close[X]

Sign Up For Personal Liberty Digest™!

PL Badge

Welcome to PersonalLiberty.com,
America's #1 Source for Libertarian News!

To join our group of freedom-loving individuals and to get alerts as well as late-breaking conservative news from Personal Liberty Digest™...

Privacy PolicyYou can opt out at any time. We protect your information like a mother hen. We will not sell or rent your email address to anyone for any reason.