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Mediterranean diet may be brain-protective.

A presentation at the American Academy of Neurology's 62nd Annual Meeting revealed the finding of Nicolaos Scarmeas, MD, MSc that consuming a Mediterranean diet may help preserve memory and learning ability by protecting against cerebrovascular disease. *

Dr. Scarmeas' team performed magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans on the brains of 712 New York residents. Dietary assessments administered an average of 5.8 years earlier were evaluated for Mediterranean diet adherence.

Two hundred thirty-eight subjects had at least one infarct revealed by MRI. Men and women whose adherence to a Mediterranean diet was among the top one-third of participants had a 36.1% lower probability of infarct compared to those whose adherence was lowest, and those in the middle third had a 21% lower risk.

"In this study, not eating a Mediterranean-like diet had about the same effect on the brain as having high blood pressure," Dr. Scarmeas stated.

Editor's note: This is one of numerous studies to suggest that a Mediterranean diet is one of the healthiest eating patterns.


* American Academy of Neurology 62nd Annual Meeting. Presented by: Scarmeas N. "Mediterranean diet (MeDi) and subclinical cerebrovascular disease."
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Title Annotation:IN THE NEWS
Author:Dye, Dayna
Publication:Life Extension
Article Type:Brief article
Date:May 1, 2010
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