Dementia is an age-related disease causing memory loss and confusion, and over 50 million people suﬀer from dementia globally. Because there is currently no eﬀective treatment for it, prevention is pivotal. To investigate whether the Mediterranean Diet has a protective eﬀect on dementia, the researchers studied 16,160 middle-aged adults and followed them for over 20 years. Among all the participants, 459 were diagnosed with dementia. When comparing the dietary patterns between those with and without dementia, the researchers found that those most closely following the Mediterranean diet, were 20% less likely to develop dementia. However, the results were not statistically signiﬁcant when looking at Alzheimer’s dementia.
Nutrients. 2021 Feb 22;13(2):700. doi: 10.3390/nu13020700. (Andreu-Reinon ME et al.)