Monday, January 10, 2011
Mediterranean diet may lead to fewer senior moments
Researchers from Rush University Medical Centre in Chicago have been adding to the evidence which suggests that a Mediterranean diet can prevent cognitive decline in older people. The researchers studied 4,000 people aged 65 and over and gave their diets scores based on how closely they matched a traditional Mediterranean diet - high in wine, fruit, vegetables, legumes, olive oil and fish and low in saturated fat and red meat. The study found that those participants who adhered most closely to a Mediterranean diet had a slower cognitive decline even after taking into account the influence of other factors such as education.