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ALZHEIMER'S VIDEO: Diet Can Reduce Risk Of Alzheimer's Disease

(April 12, 2010 - Insidermedicine)

Following a specific dietary pattern may help older adults stave off Alzheimer’s disease, according to research published online ahead on print in the Archives of Neurology.

Some possible contributors to the risk for Alzheimer’s disease are:

•    Family history

•    Environmental factors

•    Internal factors such as a viral infection, chemical imbalance, or immune problem

Researchers from Columbia University Medical Center in New York collected and analyzed the dietary habits of over 2,000 adults aged 65 and older who did not have any symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. The investigators then followed these participants, giving them a battery of neurological and neuropsychological tests designed to identify the presence of Alzheimer’s disease every 18 months.

After following up the participants for nearly four years, 253 developed Alzheimer’s disease. Those who most closely followed a specific dietary pattern were 38% less likely to develop the condition as those who followed this dietary pattern least closely. The diet was characterized by a higher intake of salad dressing, nuts, fish, tomatoes, poultry, cruciferous vegetables, fruits, and dark and green leafy vegetables and a lower intake of high fat dairy products, red meat, organ meat, and butter.

Today’s research demonstrates how diet can dramatically influence health, including brain health.