There are already a number of doctors and health care professionals recommending that their patients follow a more Mediterranean style diet that is rich in vegetables, fish and healthy fats. Past studies have shown that adherence to this type of diet can reduce the risk of many serious health conditions like diabetes and heart disease.
The most recent study of the Mediterranean diet may result in even more recommendations from health care professionals, but for an entirely different reason. The results of the study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, show a strong connection between following a Mediterranean style diet and a slower rate of age related cognitive decline.
Researchers analyzed the information of nearly four thousand people over the age of sixty five for an average of more than seven years. Subjects were submitted a dietary questionnaire and participated in memory and math testing every three years. Based upon all information gathered, researchers were able to conclude that the subjects who most closely followed the Mediterranean diet had the slowest rate of age related mental decline.
The diet you choose to follow can have a profound impact on your health as you age. The food that you eat may not only help you to keep you physically healthy as you grow older, it may have the power to keep you mentally healthier as well.