Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Midlife Diet Affects Brain

Few studies have investigated the long-term impact of overall dietary patterns on cognition. A new study in the May issue of Journal Nutrition evaluated the association between dietary patterns in midlife and cognitive performance 13 years later. Global cognitive function, verbal memory, and executive functioning were tested. A healthy and a traditional dietary pattern were identified. The healthy pattern was associated with better global cognitive function and verbal memory. In conclusion, adherence to a healthy dietary pattern in middle life may help preserve global cognitive function, especially verbal memory, when total energy intake is regulated.

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