Mediterranean Diet and Regular Exercise Lowers Risk of Alzheimers

Adhering to a Mediterranean style diet and exercising frequently can lower your chances of getting Alzheimer’s disease by upto 60 per cent, so new research confirms.

These recent findings add further weight to an increasing body of evidence which states that by following a healthy lifestyle you can be protected against this devastating disease.
Experts warn that it is important to keep this condition at bay as it is very difficult to treat once it has developed.
It is forecast that Alzheimer’s is likely to increase rapidly in the coming decades, partly due to an aging population.
The researchers consider this latest study to be the first of its kind to assess the protective effect of combining an exercise with a Mediterranean style diet .
The findings highlight that elderly people who are very physically active, swimming, cycling or hiking for 20 minutes daily, are 33 per cent less likely to get Alzheimer’s.
Those who closely adhered a Mediterranean-type diet, high in fruit, veg, cereal and fish and low in red meat, poultry and dairy, with minimal quanities of alcohol, are 40 per cent less likely to develop Alzheimer’s.
However, should you combine the two you can lower the possibility of developing the condition by up to 60 per cent.
The leader of the study, Dr Nikos Scarmeas, from Columbia University in New York, stated: “Often times people who exercise also follow a healthy diet and vice versa.
“We wanted to tease out which of these two behaviours may be associated with lower risk for Alzheimer’s Disease, or if the combination of the two is associated with decreased risk even further.
“It seemed that the more that they were doing in terms of both diet and exercise, the lower was their risk for the disease,” he added.
The results of this study adds weight to the increasing body of evidence which suggests that a healthy diet and frequent exercise can lower the chance of getting dementia .

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