Study shows healthy diet and exercise may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/12/09

Study shows healthy diet and exercise may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Doctors have long touted the benefits of a so called Mediterranean diet for good health, which is a diet high in fruits, vegetables, legumes and fish and low in red meat and poultry.  Now, a study in the Journal of The American Medical Association shows seniors who were active and followed a diet like that reduced their risk of Alzheimers disease by up to 44%.

Dietitians like Lisa Cimperman, say it just makes sense that something good for the body, would help the brain as well. "The Mediterranean diet can help maintain healthy blood vessels and good cholesterol, so maintaining blood flow to the brain obviously is imperative to maintaining brain function," said Lisa Cimperman, a nutritionist at UH Case Medical Center. 

The study from Columbia University observed more than 1,800 elderly folks over a five year period, and while more research is needed to see just how closely diet and exercise are linked to Alzheimer's, nutritionists say a healthy diet and exercise can help at any age.

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