Healthy Habits: The Mind Diet


(JEN) OUR DIETS FOR LIFE SERIES CONTINUES THIS MORNING. RESEARCH IS STILL UNDERWAY, BUT INITIAL RESULTS INDICATE THE MIND DIET MAY REDUCE THE RISK OF ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE AND SLOW THE DECLINE IN BRAIN FUNCTION THAT CAN HAPPEN WITH AGE. TO LEARN MORE, WE VISITED EVMS AND SPOKE WITH THE DIRECTOR OF THE GLENNAN CENTER FOR GERIATRICS AND GERONTOLOGY. -SUPER-DR. ROBERT PALMER-DIRECTOR OF THE GLENNAN CENTER .09 THE MIND DIET IS A DIET THAT IS BASED ON TWO VERY WELL ESTABLISHED DIETS-ONE IS THE DASH DIET TO LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE, THE OTHER IS THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY DESIGNED TO LOWER THE RISK OF HEART AND BLOOD VESSEL DISEASE. 27 -THE LONG STANDING CONNECTION BETWEEN ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE AND HEART DISEASE IS ONE BIOLOGICAL REASON PHYSICIANS LIKE DR. PALMER BELIEVE THIS WAY OF EATING MAY BE EFFECTIVE IN PREVENTING IMPAIRMENT OF CONGNITION. -DR. PALMER 2.26 THE DIET, THE MIND DIET SPECIFICALLY, TARGETS NUTRITIONAL FACTORS THAT ACTUALLY HELP TO REDUCE THE RISK OF INFLAMMATION AND THEREFORE DAMAGE, NOT ONLY TO BLOOD VESSELS, BUT WE HOPE THE BLOOD VESSELS OF THE BRAIN. 2.43 MIND STANDS FOR MEDITERRANEAN INTERVENTION FOR NEUROGENERATIVE DELAY. THE DIET CONSISTS MAINLY OF GREEN LEAFY VEGETABLES, BERRIES, NUTS, BEANS, OLIVE OIL, WHOLE GRAINS AND MEATS LIKE FISH AND POULTRY. -KATIE MCDONOUGH-ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION PROGRAM AND POLICY DIRECTOR .55 THESE FOODS HAVE BEEN SHOWN TO POSSIBLY DELAY COGNITIVE DECLINE OR HELP IMPROVE OUR COGNITIVE WELL BEING UP TO 30 TO 35 PERCENT. 1.09 THE MIND DIET WAS CREATED BY A NUTRITIONAL EPIDEMIOLOGIST FROM RUSH UNIVERSITY IN CHICAGO IN 2015. STUDIES ARE UNDERWAY AND WILL BE COMPLETED IN 3 YEARS. -DR. PALMER 4.05 THERE IS A LARGE CLINICAL TRIAL GOING ON RIGHT NOW, AN EXPERIMENT TO SEE WHETHER PEOPLE WHO ADHERE TO THIS DIET ARE LESS LIKELY TO DEVELOP DEMENTIA AS THEY AGE 4.17 (JEN) EARLY RESEARCH ON THE MIND DIET IS PROMISING, BUT IT’S TOO SOON TO SAY FOR SURE IF THE MIND DIET REDUCES THE RISK OF ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE OR SLOWS BRAIN FUNCTION DECLINE. EVEN SO, THE DIET PROVIDES A WHOLESOME FOOD PLAN AND IS SIMPLE TO FOLLOW. TO GET DIET SPECIFICS AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, LOOK FOR THE LINK IN THIS STORY

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