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Mediterranean Diet Reduces Risk Of Thinking And Memory Problems

February 8, 2010: 02:53 PM EST
People who follow a Mediterranean-style diet rich in fruit, vegetables and fish, but low in saturated fats, are less likely to experience brain infarcts: tiny areas of dead tissue linked to thinking and memory problems, according to a new U.S. study. The researchers examined the health profiles of 712 people, categorizing them according to how closely they followed the diet. Brain scans of those most closely following a Mediterranean-like diet were 36 percent less likely to have areas of brain damage than those who were least following the diet. The diet has already been associated with lower risk of Alzheimer’s.
Nikolaos Scarmeas, MD, MSc, "Mediterranean Diet May Lower Risk of Brain Damage That Causes Thinking Problems", Presentation at the American Academy of Neurology’s annual meeting (press release), February 08, 2010, via Newswise, © American Academy of Neurology
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