Mediterranean diet linked to ‘less brain shrinkage’
- January 17, 2017
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- Category: Miscellaneous
Human brains naturally shrink with age, but studies have again shown that eating a Mediterranean diet has been linked to less brain shrinkage in older adults.
Research followed 401 people in their 70s and found that the brains of those who followed a Mediterranean-style diet more closely shrank significantly less over three years.
Michelle Luciano led the study at the University of Edinburgh. She said: “This study adds to the body of evidence that suggests the Mediterranean diet has a positive impact on brain health.”
David Reynolds from Alzheimer’s Research UK was keen to highlight that this study has no direct correlation with dementia: “While the study points to diet having a small effect on changes in brain size, it didn’t look at the effect on risk of dementia.”
“We would need to see follow-up studies in order to investigate any potential protective effects against problems with memory and thinking.”