MIND diet significantly lowers your risk of Alzheimer’s disease

Those who follow the MIND diet can lower their risk of dementia by as much as 50 per cent.

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I don’t know about you, but when I hear about another new diet, all I do is roll my eyes and think, “here we go, again”.

But what if a diet could prevent a serious and increasingly occurring condition – would I take heed then?

It seems that I can’t look the other way when it comes to the MIND diet. Researchers have now suggested that those who follow the MIND diet can lower their risk of dementia by as much as 50 per cent.

This finding was published in the Alzheimer's and Dementia journal, and involved 923 study participants, aged between 58 and 98 years, who were followed for an average of 4.5 years.

The MIND diet specifically focuses on foods that have been scientifically proven to be good for the brain, such as:

  • green leafy vegetables (e.g. spinach, kale and salad greens) – at least six servings a week
  • other vegetables – at least once a day
  • nuts – five servings a week
  • berries – two or more servings a week
  • beans (legumes) – at least three servings a week
  • whole grains – three or more servings a day
  • fish – once a week
  • chicken – twice a week
  • olive oil – use as your main cooking oil
  • wine – one standard serve a day.

The diet also cautions against foods with saturated and/or trans fats – such as butter, cheese, pastries and sweets – and suggests having such foods for only a couple of servings per week, or none at all. Less than four servings of red meat a week is also recommended.

By the way, the MIND diet stands for Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay. Hmmm … it seems I’ll have to follow the MIND diet to remember what that acronym means.

Read more about the MIND diet at WebMD and Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Research Foundation.

Would you follow the MIND diet based on this research? Do you already follow it? What has been your experience?

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    Rosret
    18th Feb 2016
    11:24am
    Of those I know with dementia - they all ate very well.
    roy
    18th Feb 2016
    2:26pm
    Does very well mean correctly? Looking around at all the obese people, they probably think that they eat "very well.
    Anonymous
    18th Feb 2016
    4:22pm
    MOst of those that go to McDonalds think they eat well as you can buy a salad there so I am told, but none of the fatties ever seem to buy it.
    Mygasheater
    18th Feb 2016
    4:51pm
    mick,

    Thin people suffer from dementia, thin people suffer from high blood pressure and heart disease, thin people suffer from diabetis, thin people suffer from high cholesterol, thin people suffer from kidney disease, etc.

    Thin people even suffer from ignorance and bigotry.
    roy
    18th Feb 2016
    5:39pm
    It's amazing, speak the truth and straight away one is called ignorant and/or a bigot and this happens all the time. People just do not like the truth do they Mygasheater.
    particolor
    18th Feb 2016
    8:43pm
    They will slim off Dramatically Mick ! When they Forget where Macca's is ??? :-)
    Mygasheater
    19th Feb 2016
    1:31am
    mick

    Provide the evidence that obesity causes dementia.
    Anonymous
    19th Feb 2016
    7:02am
    Hey Mick I think mygasheater must be a fatty.
    roy
    19th Feb 2016
    9:55am
    Mygasheater, nowhere have I implied that obesity causes dementia and robbo, I think you could be right about Mygasheater.
    Mygasheater
    19th Feb 2016
    10:06am
    Robbo,

    mick's "truth" that 'obesity causes dementia' is not evidenced by facts. There are a number of different types of dementia and the causes are different, depending on type. Some of the latest research is building a hypothesis that some dementias may arise from things that occur in utero, that is while the person is still in the womb. If this is the case, the person has no control of the future development of dementia.

    On the other hand, ignorance and bigatory are evidenced by speech and behaviour. Public statements put ignorance and bigatory on public display for all to see. The individual can do something about their ignorance and bigatory.

    My post did not say mick is an ignorant bigot. I said that thin people suffer from ignorance and bigotry. mick's response indicates that he believes it was directed at him, ergo he is a thin, ignorant bigot.
    roy
    19th Feb 2016
    10:41am
    Mygasheater, read my post again, where did I say that obesity causes dementia?
    My point was about people eating "well" whatever that means.
    Mygasheater
    19th Feb 2016
    1:05pm
    mick,

    Read article. Read Rosret's post. Read your post.

    Oh, you were commenting on something entirely unrelated, such as the problem you have finding you minuscule dick.

    Now I'm not saying that you have a little dick, no, no, no, I am actually saying you are a wonderful, kind, compassionate, tolerant, beneficent, generous, intellectual, well educated, sharing, caring human being and that you ought to be given a Nobel Prize for your humatarian work and bringing about world peace. I am personally writing to the Pope to have you made a living Saint. You Order of Australia medal is in the post and the Queen wants to give you a knighthood too. Go you good thing.
    roy
    19th Feb 2016
    2:30pm
    Mygasheater. What a childish man you appear to be, do try to grow up please.

    18th Feb 2016
    3:25pm
    For those of you who don't enjoy or want to cook some of the vegetables above, or find them not too tasty, they can be put into an infusion along with berries, nuts, any flavour of yogurt (or natural), just about any fruit, and many and sundry other edibles/portables for a quick and nourishing breakfast drink. You will probably find little hunger around lunchtime and have the hard cooking yard partly out of the way for the rest of the day.
    Anonymous
    18th Feb 2016
    3:45pm
    That was supposed to be "potables" above, NOT "portables". Auto-correct must be knackered - or me.
    PIXAPD
    18th Feb 2016
    5:13pm
    Ah butter...yummy...and health giving too...sure beats that old grey grease stuff that they yellow up and call margarine.
    PIXAPD
    18th Feb 2016
    5:20pm
    I find having 8 or so mugs of hot black tea with three 3 sugars a day is good, some days might be only 5 or 6 mugs.
    particolor
    18th Feb 2016
    8:46pm
    I'll bet the Tea & Sugar are Floor Sweepings Brand :-) If you Bank $600 a Month ! :-) :-)
    Ellen
    18th Feb 2016
    7:16pm
    I find this works well: 2 days a week fish, 2 days meat (chicken, turkey, lamb, beef, at the recommended portion size, e.g. palm of a hand), 2 day eggs (2) and on the seventh day whatever you like. All that with vegies or salad. Lentil salad, chick pea salad, there come the legumes. Oatmeal muesli brekkie, brown rice, cooked or salad, millet (tasty once tried) and good old potato boiled or in jacket.I must go to the fridge now...
    PIXAPD
    18th Feb 2016
    7:25pm
    How do people know 'it works well' ? if they do not have Alzheimer's ? ha ha....ah well
    particolor
    18th Feb 2016
    8:49pm
    I hope You end up Forgetting which Bank You put your Money in ??? :-) :-)
    particolor
    18th Feb 2016
    8:51pm
    Just drink Gallons of Tea and stay away from Take Away's and all Junk Food and She'll be Right ! :-)
    Anonymous
    19th Feb 2016
    7:04am
    Tea makes you piss too much
    particolor
    21st Feb 2016
    11:34pm
    But at least You REMEMBER to go and have one in the proper place !! !! :-) :-)
    Ruth
    21st Feb 2016
    12:34pm
    So many types of dementia.
    I couldn't eat kale or spinach every day.
    Older people on multi medications lose taste for some foods.
    Might consider a smoothie once a day.
    Blossom
    6th Aug 2016
    1:28pm
    Yes, Ruth people forget there is more than the most commonly discussed types of dementia. There is various degrees of ahlzeimers.
    particolor
    6th Aug 2016
    7:21pm
    And now (Indoctrinated) "Mental Illness" has (Politically Correct) replaced "Terrorism" for Horror Show from the Imports !! Now I'll be very careful what I say here now for the last time :-(
    I just heard that the Fedwits have made New Laws on Free Speech, I think they are trying to shut some Certain Persons down, and Free Speech on the Net !!
    So from now on I don't care what Flavour they are Nor what they Worship, They can get Nicked !!

    GOODBYE !! :-( :-(
    Blossom
    6th Aug 2016
    1:33pm
    It can be genetic. People forget about that too.
    Some of the slimmest people are those who have some - heart disease, high cholestoral, dieabetes, insulin resistance, haemochromotosis (no liquor involved) various liver problems - also not always liquor involved.


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