Mediterranean diet study shows promise for brain health

Mark A. Mahoney

As a continuing focus during Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness and Brain Health Month, the utilization of a lifestyle approach to brain health by consuming the Mediterranean diet is today’s focus.

An increasing body of evidence supports an intimate body-brain connection in aging, with cardiovascular disease, cognitive decline, and dementia sharing various cardiometabolic risk factors: primarily hypertension, elevated fasting blood sugar, dyslipidemia (abnormally elevated cholesterol or fats (lipids) in the blood), abdominal obesity and elevated triglycerides.

10 things you need for the Mediterranean diet

In past columns the importance of following a healthful diet has been described noting many beneficial effects of such a diet as part of a healthy lifestyle.

One such diet is the Mediterranean diet, one of the best approaches to dietary intake over one’s lifetime. Much research has been undertaken on the benefits of this dietary approach.

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