Alzheimer's the Mediterranean diet could reduce your risks

A German study published on Wednesday found that following a Mediterranean diet, which includes foods such as olive oil, fruit, or red wine, is a good way to fight Alzheimer's.

Alzheimer's the Mediterranean diet could reduce your risks
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Eating better can help you cope with Alzheimer's. That's the conclusion of a recent study published Wednesday, May 4 in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN). This highlighted the usefulness of the Mediterranean diet (also known as the Cretan diet) against Alzheimer's disease.

A diet that promotes memory

The Cretan diet, well known to dieticians for its therapeutic virtues, such as the fight against Parkinson's disease or prostate cancer, would also have other benefits. Its flagship foods, such as fish, olive oil, and vegetables, work together to reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. In patients, this diet slows down cognitive decline and memory loss.

At least that's what the researchers behind this study suggest, after analyzing several hundred people, affected or not by the disease.

Forget about red meat, butter, and sugar

To reach this conclusion, the research authors called on 512 individuals, including 343 who were at high risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. The participants were subjected to various cognitive tests to assess their speech, memory, and motor skills. They were also given brain scans.

Subsequently, the volunteers were questioned about their follow-up of the Mediterranean diet. In particular, they had to reduce their consumption of butter in favor of olive oil, consume more fruits, vegetables and fish, and cut out foods that were too sweet or processed.

According to the results of this study, people who did not strictly follow the Mediterranean diet had more signs of accumulation of amyloid and tau protein in their cerebrospinal fluid than those who adhered to the diet. These two substances are characteristic signs of the onset of Alzheimer's disease.

A diet with multiple benefits

“These findings add to the list of data that shows that what you eat may influence your future memorization abilities,” study author Tommaso Ballarini, a postdoctoral researcher at the German Center for Human Rights, said in a statement. neurodegenerative diseases in Bonn, Germany.

The Mediterranean diet is known to bring many benefits to the body. Olive oil is an effective food for fighting bad cholesterol. Fruits and vegetables are sources of antioxidants, which reduce the risk of developing diseases related to old age. Finally, according to a ranking of the magazine US News and World Report, the Cretan diet is at the top of the podium, concerning the fight against diabetes.

This diet is also regularly promoted to avoid contracting chronic diseases or improving blood sugar levels. However, it is generally difficult to follow this diet to the letter, due to the ubiquity of saturated fat and refined sugar in most processed foods.

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