NIH Awards $4M to Study Potential of Healthy Diet to Lower Alzheimer’s Risk

NIH Awards $4M to Study Potential of Healthy Diet to Lower Alzheimer’s Risk
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded a $4 million, five-year grant to a project that will investigate — among older residents of a multicultural New York neighborhood — the potential of a healthy and anti-inflammatory diet in lowering the risk of Alzheimer's disease and cognitive decline. Yasmin Mossavar-Rahmani, a nutrition scientist at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, will lead the study. "Because there are no effective treatments for Alzheimer's disease, many scientists are focusing on behaviors that may reduce risk, such as exercise, stress management, and following a balanced diet," Mossavar-Rahmani, an associate professor of clinical epidemiology and population health at Einstein, said in a press release. "Our aim is to study the effects of an appetizing, healthy diet known as the Multicultural Healthy Diet, that is easily accessible and that has the potential to improve brain function." Inflammation is a common factor in several diseases, including diabetes, cancer and Alzheimer's disease. Foods rich in fats and sugars that make up the so-called “Western diet" are known to promote inflammation. Previous studies suggest that the Mediterranean and DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diets, alone or combined (in this case known as MIND diet), might slow cognitive decline and improve brain health. These diets are rich in anti-inflammatory foods, such as green leafy vegetables, fish, and olive oil. “A key aspect of the study is using the Multicultural Healthy Diet, which is built on a base of known anti
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