Doctors have claimed that the risk of lowering Alzheimer’s disease can be reduced by eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and lean meat with a little bit of wine. This diet has been named by researchers as the ‘MIND’ diet which stands for (Mediterranean DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay).
A study was carried out on 1000 people who followed the ‘MIND’ diet and it was discovered that the risk of contacting Alzheimer’s disease by these people reduced by 53 percent compared to those who did not follow the diet. The study also showed that people who did not really follow the diet to the letter also had a low risk to developing the disease.
Alzheimer’s disease is believed to be caused by a mixture of genes, environment and lifestyle factors. Previous studies also show that the disease is associated with obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease.
In 2011, a study made by the Neurology journal shows that people with diabetes were more likely to have Alzheimer’s disease compared to those without diabetes.
In Japan and Italy, the number of people who have the disease is low which have led researchers to link their diet which lays emphasis on eating of fruits, vegetables, fish, beans and little red meat to the low number of people with the disease. This ‘MIND’ diet which is similar to the diet of this two countries lays emphasis on 10 foods to eat which include leafy greens, other vegetable types, beans, berries, nuts, whole grains, poultry, fish, olive oil and wine and 5 foods to avoid which include butter, red meat, cheese, sweets and fried food.
Researchers are therefore of the opinion that if people follow the ‘MIND’ diet consistently, they will have less risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease.