April 15th, 2010

Alzheimer’s and Diet: Good for Heart May Be Good for Brain

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A diet rich in fruits and vegetables as well as omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, researchers found.

 

Analysis of data from more than 2,000 dementia-free adults ages 65 and older revealed that persons who consumed a Mediterranean-type diet regularly were 38% less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease over about a four-year follow-up (HR 0.62, 95% CI 0.43 to 0.89), according to Nikolaos Scarmeas, MD, of Columbia University in New York City, and colleagues.The findings were published online in Archives of Neurology

 

Commenting on the study, David Knopman, MD, of the Mayo Clinic, questioned whether it added much to previous analyses by Scarmeas' group, pointing out that the current study used the same dataset in the same population. "What's really needed are more instances of validation in independent populations," he told MedPage Today.  

 

MedPage Today, by Todd Neale, 4/13/2010

 

Additional coverage: ABC News,

Tags: alzheimer's disease, diet, Neurology, Nutrition

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