NAPLES — The benefits of the Mediterranean diet are in the news again, this time for helping ward off dementia associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
A recently published article in the Journal of the American Medical Association detailed results from a study in which senior citizens living in New York were monitored between 1992 and 2006 for adherence to a Mediterranean diet and physical activity.
The study showed regular eating of a Mediterranean-type diet was related to reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. It also correlated higher levels of physical activity to lower risk of the disease, independent of diet.
That may be welcome news for those who might not be interested in upping their activity level, but are willing to make a few changes when it comes to meal time.
So what is the Mediterranean diet?
There isn’t one specific regimen that makes up this particular eating lifestyle. Rather, it is regular consumption of certain foods that are readily available and prepared in a fashion common throughout the Mediterranean region.
According to the American Heart Association, the diet includes: