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Food for Thought for Alzheimer's Emerges in Mediterranean Diet

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o Explain to interested patients that the Mediterranean diet, which showed a decreased Alzheimer's risk in this study, has also been associated with lower risks for cardiovascular disease, several forms of cancer, and overall mortality.

NEW YORK, Oct. 9 -- A Mediterranean-style diet -- spare on red meat and heavy on fruits, vegetables, and olive oil -- may help to fend off Alzheimer's disease, according to researchers here.

The effect was strongest in people who followed a Mediterranean-type diet most religiously, reported Nikolaos Scarmeas, M.D., of Columbia University, and colleagues, in an early online release from the December issue of Archives of Neurology.

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