Thursday, July 29, 2010

New Alzheimer's Study

Mediterranean-style  can cut the chances of developing Alzheimer's by up to 60 percent, study shows

An interview with neuroscience researcher Mark Underwood

You have probably heard that the number of persons suffering from Alzheimer's is rising at an alarming rate.

Many adults are now developing the disease at a relatively young age; sometimes in their 30's or 40's.

Currently an estimated 5.5 million persons are afflicted.  By 2030, that number could climb as high as 16 million, according to projections published by the Alzheimer's Association.

Now the good news;

"In a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association entitled, "Physical Activity, Diet, and Risk of Alzheimer's Disease" researchers reported that elderly people, who were very physically active, doing activities like swimming, hiking, or bicycling for 20 minutes a day, were 33 per cent less likely to develop Alzheimer's.

They also found those who closely followed a Mediterranean-type diet, rich in fruits, vegetables, cereal and fish and low in red meat, dairy and poultry, with moderate amounts of alcohol, were 40 per cent less likely to get the disease.

By combining the diet with regular physical activity, researchers determined an individual could reduce his/her chances of developing Alzheimer's by up to 60 per cent.

"There is a growing body of evidence that getting proactive and adopting a healthy lifestyle can offer major protection against memory loss, Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia," says neuroscience researcher Mark Underwood.

Neuroscience researcher Mark Underwood president and co-founder of Quincy Bioscience, a biotech company located in Madison, Wisconsin focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of medicines to treat age related memory loss and the diseases of aging. Mark is the author of “Gift From The Sea – How a Protein From Jellyfish Fights the Aging Process”  and a contributor to the “Brain Health Guide” which offers practical tips to help keep our brains functioning at optimal capacity in aging.

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