The Important Role of Both Physical Activity and Dietary Habits in Relation to Alzheimer Disease (AD) Risk.
Well, Just as Maggie says, forget about a diet, just eat good stuff ““the stuff Mother Nature makes forÂ us and exercise.Â If you have been reading Maggie’s newsletters and/or you are a client of hers, youÂ already know this. I know Maggie has lived what she says for all her life and it shows. I just wish all ofÂ us could have done what she has during her life. But, it’s not too late to change. Please read theÂ following and if you have any questions, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Two reports published in the August 12, 2009 issue of the Journal of the AmericanÂ Medical Association (JAMA)show a higher Mediterranean-type diet adherence andÂ higher physical activity are independently associated with a reduced risk for AD andÂ also associated with slower cognitive decline when measured using the Mini-MentalÂ State Examination (MMSE).
The Mediterranean diet features a high intake of vegetables, legumes, fruits, andÂ cereals; a high intake of unsaturated fatty acids, mostly in the form of olive oil; a lowÂ intake of saturated fatty acids; a moderately high intake of fish; a low to moderateÂ intake of dairy products, mostly as cheese or yogurt; a low intake of meat or poultry;Â and finally, a regular but moderate amount of alcohol, usually wine, generally takenÂ with meals. Comment from Maggie: The Mediterranean diet generally fries foodand that’s a no-noÂ and of course you know I don’t advise cereals unless they are organic, whole-grain, no sugar of anyÂ kind and limited amount.
Another, earlier study published in the February issue of the Archives of NeurologyÂ suggested that elderly subjects who followed a Mediterranean diet were less likelyÂ to develop mild cognitive impairment and were also less likely to convert from mildÂ cognitive impairment to AD (Arch Neurol. 2009;66:216″“225). Previous research hasÂ shown that following a Mediterranean diet is protective against a variety ofÂ conditions, including hypertension, coronary heart disease, dyslipidemia (abnormalÂ concentrations of lipids or lipoproteins in the blood), diabetes, obesity, and certainÂ cancers, and is related to a reduction in all-cause mortality in the general populationÂ (Ann Neurol. 2006;59:912″“921; Neurology. 2007;69:1084″“1093). Mediterranean or aÂ similar diet contributes to better health, the author concludes.
I’ll make sure you hear more from me in the upcoming weeks as Maggie and I tryÂ and enlighten you on “˜a healthy way to live’.
Rezvan Habibian, PhD., FACMG