Study Shows MIND Diet May Slow Cognitive Decline Among Aging Adults

Study Shows MIND Diet May Slow Cognitive Decline Among Aging Adults
In a recent study published in the journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia a team of researchers found that eating a group of certain foods known as the MIND diet may slow cognitive decline among aging adults, even when the person is not at risk of developing Alzheimer's disease (AD). Dementia is now the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and the prevention of cognitive decline, the hallmark feature of dementia, is a public health priority. It is estimated that delaying disease onset by just 5 years will reduce its costs and prevalence by half. Diet interventions have the potential to become effective preventive strategies. Two randomized trials of the cultural-based Mediterranean diet and the blood pressure lowering DASH diet (Dietary Approach to Systolic Hypertension) showed protective effects on cognitive decline. The new diet that is tailored to protect the brain is called Mediterranean-DASH diet intervention for neurodegenerative delay (MIND). This regime is styled after the Mediterranean and DASH diets but with modifications based on the most compelling findings within the diet-dementia field. In this study, researchers from the Rush University Medical Center investigated the capacity of the MIND diet to change cognitive function, based on foods
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