Well, Just as Maggie says, forget about a diet, just eat good stuff, the stuff Mother Nature makes for us and you have to exercise. If you have been reading Maggie’s newsletters and/or you are a client of hers, you already know this. I know Maggie has lived what she says for all her life and it shows. I just wish all of us could have done what she has during her life. But, it’s not too late to change. Please read the following and if you have any questions, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Two reports published in the August 12, 2009 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)show a higher Mediterranean-type diet adherence and higher physical activity are independently associated with a reduced risk for AD and also associated with slower cognitive decline when measured using the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE).
The Mediterranean diet features a high intake of vegetables, legumes, fruits, and cereals; a high intake of unsaturated fatty acids, mostly in the form of olive oil; a low intake of saturated fatty acids; a moderately high intake of fish; a low to moderate intake of dairy products, mostly as cheese or yogurt; a low intake of meat or poultry; and finally, a regular but moderate amount of alcohol, usually wine, generally taken with meals. Comment from Maggie: The Mediterranean diet generally fries food and that’s a no-no and of course you know I don’t advise cereals unless they are organic, whole-grain, no sugar of any kind and limited amount.
Another, earlier study published in the February issue of the Archives of Neurology suggested that elderly subjects who followed a Mediterranean diet were less likely to develop mild cognitive impairment and were also less likely to convert from mild cognitive impairment to AD (Arch Neurol. 2009;66:216″225). Previous research has shown that following a Mediterranean diet is protective against a variety of conditions, including hypertension, coronary heart disease, dyslipidemia (abnormal concentrations of lipids or lipoproteins in the blood), diabetes, obesity, and certain cancers, and is related to a reduction in all-cause mortality in the general population (Ann Neurol. 2006;59:912″921; Neurology. 2007;69:1084″1093). Mediterranean or a similar diet contributes to better health, the author concludes.
I’ll make sure you hear more from me in the upcoming weeks as Maggie and I try and enlighten you on a healthy way to live.
Rezvan Habibian, PhD., FACMG