Clinical Trends for November 2015

Ryan Syrek

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November 27, 2015

Clinical Trend of the Week (October 31-November 6): Mind Diet

Physicians increased searches this week for a diet that's not as concerned with waistlines as much as minds. A study at Columbia University found that a Mediterranean-like diet had an effect on brain volume. The brains of those who consumed such a diet were 13.11 mm larger than those who did not. A second, separate study from Sweden found that those who stuck to a "prudent" diet-more vegetables, fruits, cooking oils, legumes, whole grains, rice/pasta, fish, low-fat dairy, poultry, and water-experienced a smaller loss in cognitive function over 6 years than did those who followed a Western diet. Both studies provide further support for the "MIND diet," which was developed by researchers at Rush University in Chicago. It is a combination of the Mediterranean diet and the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet. MIND stands for "Mediterranean-Dash Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay." Talking to patients about eating right can be difficult. But now that mental wellbeing is also so clearly involved, perhaps those conversations can be even more persuasive.

For more in-depth clinical information, see Alzheimer disease.

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