Two studies published in the August 12 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that a Mediterranean diet, a diet full of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, poultry and fish, may reduce the risk for Alzheimer’s disease. The diet, which is already known to have cardiovascular and cancer benefits, may also protect against cognitive decline.
The first study found that exercise and a proper diet each independently reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The second study found that the Mediterranean diet slows some elements of cognitive decline. However, the second study was not associated with a decrease in dementia.
I think it’s safe to say that there’s something to this (I say sarcastically); a balanced diet and exercise have repeatedly been found to effect cognitive and physical health.
Click here to read an article from Medpage Today that discusses these two studies more.