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Mediterranean Diet May Prolong Life of Alzheimer's Patients

NEW YORK, Sept. 10 -- The so-called Mediterranean diet appears to lower mortality among Alzheimer's patients, with a possible dose-response effect, researchers reported.

In the study's highest tertile, adherence to the Mediterranean diet produced a 73% mortality risk reduction, leading to an average survival of nearly four years longer than those in the lowest tertile of adherence, Nikolaos Scarmeas, M.D., of Columbia University here, and colleagues reported in the Sept. 11 issue of Neurology.

More research is needed to determine whether eating a Mediterranean diet also slows the rates of cognitive decline, helps patients maintain their daily living skills, and improves their quality of life, Dr. Scarmeas said.

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