Maintaining a good diet may contribute to maintaining a better cognition in old age while also reducing the risks of developing dementia, according to a recently presented study.
Among the tested dietary practices, the Mediterranean and the MIND diets seemed to return the best long-term results concerning health and nutrition. Research results were presented this week as part of the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC), which is taking place in London, the UK.
New Study Brings Further Proof to the Need of Maintaining a Healthy Diet
A group of U.S. scientists conducted this new research, which is based on data gathered by the Health and Retirement Study. This included information collected by four large scale population-based reports.
The study primarily monitored older adults that consistently followed diets known to improve or maintain the cardiovascular health. These were also noted to be the ones to return the strongest or best cognitive function.
Maintaining specially designed Mediterranean or MIND diets was noted to linked to a 30 to 35 percent lower risk of cognitive problems in healthy elder adults. The team actually observed that these also presented a significant conservation of their cognitive functions.
Both the Mediterranean, DASH, and MIND diets were originally designed to try and help and improve cardiovascular health.
DASH is the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. MIND is a hybrid of these two and is the Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay. This is now gaining attention for its potentially positive effects in reducing dementia risks and preserving cognitive function in elder people.
“Although the idea that a healthy diet can help protect against cognitive decline as we age is not new, the size and length of these four studies demonstrate how powerful good dietary practices may be in maintaining brain health and function,” stated Keith Fargo.
He is a Ph.D. and the Alzheimer’s Association Director of Scientific Programs and Outreach. Fargo continues by pointing out that maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle, in general, with plenty of regular exercises is important. It can help reduce cognitive decline, perhaps even boost it.
The Alzheimer’s Association released 10 Ways to Love Your Brain based on the latest research in the area.
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