Summary: Following the Mediterranean diet may reduce your risk of Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer’s, and may increase the lifespan of people already diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
Dr. Nikos Scarmeas, Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology at the Taub Institute for Alzheimer’s and the Aging Brain at Columbia University, studies the connection between diet and Alzheimer’s. Now he’s extended his research to include the connection between diet and Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), and has co-authored an article in this month’s Archives of Neurology about that research.
The new article and much of his recent research centers around the Mediterranean diet, and the results are encouraging. In several large population studies, he and his colleagues have found:
People who closely follow the Mediterranean diet have a lower risk of developing MCI (28% lower than those who don’t follow the diet very closely over a 4.5 year study period)