Mediterranean Diet Cuts Dementia Risk, Regardless Of Genetic Risk

By.  Robert j. Maatthews

The Mediterranean diet is full of healthy foods like nuts, whole grains, seafood, fruits, and veggies. 

Eating this way may help protect the brain as it ages.

A Mediterranean diet was linked to a 23% lower chance of dementia over an average of 9 years in a large study of older adults. 

What you eat may be a big reason why you might get dementia. 

Focusing on food and eating better could help stop or lower the risk of getting the disease that destroys memories. 

However, most of the studies that have looked into the effects of the Mediterranean diet have been small, and not many have looked into how genetics affect people. 

Folks who mostly stuck to the Mediterranean diet were 23% less likely to get dementia than their friends who didn't pay as much attention to the plan.

Following a mostly plant-based diet was linked to a 0.55% lower risk of developing dementia.

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