Larger Brain Volume Associated With Mediterranean Diet

This article originally appeared here.
Share this content:
Larger Brain Volume Associated With Mediterranean Diet
Larger Brain Volume Associated With Mediterranean Diet

THURSDAY, Oct. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People over 65 who eat more fish, vegetables, fruit, grains, and olive oil may have a larger brain volume than those who do not follow a Mediterranean-like diet, according to research published online Oct. 21 in Neurology.

Yian Gu, Ph.D., an assistant professor of neuropsychology at Columbia University in New York City, and colleagues split 674 adults into two groups based on how closely their eating habits aligned with the Mediterranean diet (MeDi). Their average age was 80 years. All participants underwent magnetic resonance imaging of their brains to measure total brain volume and cortical thickness. They also completed questionnaires about their food choices and eating patterns.

The researchers found that total brain volume, total gray matter volume, and total white matter volume were larger in the MeDi group. The investigators also found that eating more fish and less meat was specifically associated with positive effects on brain structure.

"Among older adults, MeDi adherence was associated with less brain atrophy, with an effect similar to five years of aging," the authors conclude. "Higher fish and lower meat intake might be the two key food elements that contribute to the benefits of MeDi on brain structure."

Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »


Sign up for myCME e-newsletters


Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease


More in Home

Hormonal Contraception May Raise Depression Risk

Hormonal Contraception May Raise Depression Risk

Study also ties hormonal patches, IUDs to greater antidepressant use, especially in teens

Dose-Dependent Link Between Cannabis Use, Psychosis Relapse

Dose-Dependent Link Between Cannabis Use, Psychosis Relapse

But researchers note effect is small, and the research isn't definitive

Systolic Blood Pressure Variability Linked to Mortality, Morbidity

Systolic Blood Pressure Variability Linked to Mortality, Morbidity

Increased SBP variability tied to mortality, coronary heart disease, stroke, end-stage renal disease

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »