'MIND' Diet May Help Elderly Improve Memory and Thinking Skills

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Here's today's feel-good story:

New research from the Rush University Medical Center has found that older adults can benefit from a diet called the MIND diet, a combination of the Mediterranean and DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diets.

The new study shows that participants in the MIND diet did not experience cognitive problems later in life.

“Some people have enough plaques and tangles in their brains to have a postmortem diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, but they do not develop clinical dementia in their lifetime,” said Klodian Dhana, MD, PhD, lead author of the paper and an assistant professor in the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine at Rush Medical College.

“Some have the ability to maintain cognitive function despite the accumulation of these pathologies in the brain, and our study suggests that the MIND diet is associated with better cognitive functions independently of brain pathologies related to Alzheimer’s disease."

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