Diet and Exercise May Help Prevent Alzheimer’s

Senior-woman-walkingAlzheimer’s is a frightening chronic neurodegenerative disease that affects over 5 million seniors in the U.S. There is still much that is not understood about it.

New research, however, from UCLA “has found that a healthy diet, regular physical activity and a normal body mass index can reduce the incidence of protein build-ups that are associated with the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.” Regarding nutrition, it was the Mediterranean diet specifically that seems to be the best for this. For those that do not know, “the Mediterranean diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, legumes, cereals and fish and low in meat and dairy, and characterized by a high ratio of monounsaturated to saturated fats, and mild to moderate alcohol consumption.”

The good news is that there is much you can do now to reduce the effects of aging, and Alzheimer’s in particular!

UPDATE 08/21/16 – Yet another recent study, this one from Australia and published in Frontiers in Nutrition, came up with similar results, showing that eating a Mediterranean diet can slow down cognitive decline.

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