Combination of Diet and Exercise Potent in Preventing Dementia

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We all know diet and exercise are important. New research suggests the combination of both may be particularly beneficial in lowering the risk of dementia. In a five-year prospective cohort study of elderly in New York, both high physical activity and high adherence to a Mediterranean diet (high intake of fruits, vegetables, and olive oil, and low intake of saturated fats, dairy products, and meats) were associated with lower risk for cognitive decline--absolute risk was 19% in people with low physical activity and low diet adherence, compared with 12% in those who reported high levels of both behaviors.

PositiveTip: Eating a healthy diet and getting appropriate physical activity regularly can improve your chances of having a sharp mind well into your sunset years!