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Dementia off the Menu: Mediterranean diet tied to low Alzheimer's risk

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10:06pm, April 18, 2006

People who eat a Mediterranean-style diet are less likely than their peers to develop Alzheimer's disease, according to new research on elderly Manhattan residents. The study is the first to link brain benefits to a comprehensive dietary pattern rather than to individual foods or nutrients, say the scientists who performed the research.

Traditional Mediterranean menus are rich in fruits and vegetables, fish, and unsaturated fat. They contain little saturated fat from meat or whole-fat dairy products. Meals often feature moderate alcohol consumption.

"This overall dietary pattern is associated with decreased risk of a series of diseases," says neurologist Nikolaos Scarmeas of Columbia University Medical Center. Those diseases include car

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