Mediterranean diet better for the heart than taking statins, major study suggests

New research suggests that eating a Mediterranean diet may prolong the lives of heart patients.

“Adherence to the Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of overall mortality, not only in the general population — which is already known, but in patients who already suffered a heart attack,” said study researcher Dr. Giovanni de Gaetano. He is head of the department of epidemiology and prevention at the I.R.C.C.S. Neuromed Institute in Pozzilli, Italy. Continue reading “Mediterranean diet better for the heart than taking statins, major study suggests”

Diet and Cognitive Decline: Untangling the Evidence

When it comes to diet, brain health, and Alzheimer disease, what’s the deal? Is there evidence that you are what you eat when it comes to brain health?

Over the past several years, the development of evidence and scientific progress has been astounding. There are two different types of nutritional categories [that have been gaining attention]. One is the type of dietary pattern that someone follows—for example, the Mediterranean-style diet or ketogenic diet. Second, I’m sure you’ve heard about caloric restriction and even, most recently, the Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay (MIND) diet. Continue reading “Diet and Cognitive Decline: Untangling the Evidence”