Kerryn Boogaard Kerryn Boogaard
Beverly Goldsmith Beverly Goldsmith
Zoe Bingley-Pullin Zoe Bingley-Pullin

Good for holidays, good for food:

New study shows significant positive benefit from the 'Mediterranean diet'.
By Motherpedia
Date: May 06 2013
Tags: health, diet,
Editor Rating:

The ‘Mediterranean diet’ of fish, poultry, vegetables and fruit, and minimal dairy foods and meat, may be good for the brain according to a new study by a consortium of medical researchers in Europe and the US.

Researchers prospectively followed 17,478 mentally healthy men and women 45 years and older, gathering data on diet from food questionnaires, and testing mental function with a well-validated six-item screening tool. They ranked their adherence to the Mediterranean diet on a 10-point scale, dividing the group into low adherence and high adherence.

In a follow-up four years later, 7.1% of the group (1,248 people) became cognitively impaired. But those with high adherence to the diet were 19% less likely to be among them. This association persisted even after taking account of a range of demographic, environmental and vascular risk factors. It was also consistent across different ethnicities.

The study included 2,913 with Type 2 diabetes but adherence to the diet had no effect on the likelihood of cognitive impairment.

The lead author, Dr Georgios Tsivgoulis, said the Mediterranean diet has benefits in terms of cardiovascular disease, cancer risk, anti-inflammatory conditions and the central nervous system. “We’re on the tip of the iceberg and trying to understand what is below,” he said.

The study was published in the journal Neurology in April.

Share This Tweet This Email To Friend
Recent Comments
0 Total Comments
Post a Comment
* your email address will not appear

Please enter the word you see in the image below:

Post a Comment
* your email address will not appear

Please enter the word you see in the image below:33343

Your Comment has been posted
Related Articles
A new report on 'Healthy Communities' finds five-fold variations in…
Read more
A new iPhone application helps consumers know if a food…
Read more
To help kick-start a healthy lifestyle in Healthy Weight Week,…
Read more
Vtech giveaway motherpedia

Win 1 of 3 VTech Toys Pack Giveaway
Playtime is so much more with VTech


Win 1-of-3 Trolls Prize Packs Giveaway
Let's get artsy with the Trolls!

Oral health for pregnant women - motherpedia

6 Early and Unusual Things Women Experience During Pregnancy
Are any of these familiar?

Booties-2047596 640

Baby shower gifts that expecting mums will love
Buy these for mum-to-be!

Motherpedia cover-4

A Fortnight of Foodie Experiences at East Village
A taste of East Village. What's in it for me?

Globber my too fix up cover

We Try: Globber My TOO Fix Up
A scooter that grows with your child

Throw a winning cricket pitch

3 Steps to a Winning Backyard Cricket Pitch
Ex-Adelaide Oval legend curator Les Burdett shares his tips for getting your backyard cricket pitch test match ready this summer

A bike that follows your kids life cycle - motherpedia - cover

A Bike That Follows Your Kids Life Cycle
Check out the Bunzi 2-in-1 gradual balance bike!

Motherpedia cover (1)

A Summer Night Season…
Moonlight Cinema announces February program

Motherpedia cover

More Than Fundraising
Why Events Like Relay for Life are Important

Motherpedia cover-4

A Fortnight of Foodie…
A taste of East Village. What's in it for me?


Navman shows parents the…
FREE online seminar for parents on best practices for instructing a learner driver