Mediterranean diet could stave off dementia

Among more than 17,000 Americans, those who were healthy and adhered closest to a Mediterranean diet with lots of olive oil, fish and chicken were 19% less likely to experience cognitive problems over four years of follow-up. But this benefit of the diet was not seen among those who had diabetes.

“Diet is an important modifiable activity that could help in preserving cognitive functioning in late life,” said lead author Dr Georgios Tsivgoulis, who has appointments at the universities of Alabama, Birmingham, and Athens, Greece.

Neurology 2013