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Mediterranean diet 'lowers risk of cognitive impairment'

Mediterranean diet 'lowers risk of cognitive impairment'
12th February 2009

Those eating a Mediterranean diet may be lowering the risk of dementia and cognitive impairment as well as other symptoms associated with Alzheimer's disease, it has been stated.

A recent study by Columbia University Medical Centre in New York found that over one-third of people adhering to such a regime had 48 per cent less chance of developing symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.

Commenting on the situation, the scientists, led by Nikolaos Scarmeas at the facility, said that the Mediterranean diet is known to naturally improve cholesterol levels, blood sugar levels and the health of blood vessels themselves, adding that reduced inflammation from the food could also help.

He continued: "For example, potentially beneficial effects for mild cognitive impairment or mild cognitive impairment conversion to Alzheimer's disease have been reported for alcohol, fish, polyunsaturated fatty acids (also for age-related cognitive decline) and lower levels of saturated fatty acids."

Columbia University is situated in the upper west side Manhattan, placing it in the heart of New York City.

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