Reduce your risk of Alzheimer's disease by 53%?!

Reduce your risk of Alzheimer's disease by 53%?!!

I often get asked by patients if they can do anything to reduce their risk of Alzheimer's disease. It's a question I've been clinically interested in since it is a disease that has affected both sides of my family. While genetics does play a role in Alzheimer's disease, your genes are not your certain fate.

In the 2 Intervention trials (see links below), the MIND diet:
A) Reduced the risk of Alzheimer's disease by 53% 
B) Slowed the cognitive decline associated with aging by as much as 7.5 years (wow!)

MIND stands for Mediterranean-DASH Diet Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay. The diet is a hybrid of the Mediterranean and DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diets. Both diets have been found to reduce the risk of cardiovascular conditions, like hypertension, heart attack and stroke. (In fact, they reduce the risk of cardiovascular events BETTER than cardioprotective drugs...topic for another post)

The diet is based on incorporating 10 Healthy brain food groups: green leafy vegetables, other vegetables, nuts, berries (especially blueberries), beans, whole grains, fish, poultry, olive oil and wine.

AND reducing 5 unhealthy food groups: red meats, butter and stick margarine, cheese, pastries and sweets, and fried/fast food.

I am an expert in nutrition and lifestyle medicine. Come see me and we will work together to make a HEALTH plan for you!

PS. There are currently NO drugs that are able to prevent or slow the onset of Alzheimer's disease

Here are the research links: