Wednesday, December 11, 2013

A Mediterranean Diet May Lower Brain Damage Risk

A Mediterranean diet may lower brain damage risk.  That's right, a Mediterranean-style diet may help people avoid the small areas of brain damage that can lead to thinking problems with age.  That's what research suggests.  Doctors assessed the diets of 712 people in New York.  They divided them into three groups based on how closely they followed a Mediterranean-style diet.  That would include a high intake of vegetables, whole grains, and fish, a low intake of saturated fat and meat, and moderate alcohol use.  Results showed that those who closely followed the diet were 36% less likely to have small areas of brain damage on an MRI scan.  Not eating a Mediterranean diet had the same effect on the brain as having high blood pressure.  This is from an American Academy of Neurology's annual meeting which was held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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