Mediterranean Diet Associated With Slower Rate of Cognitive Decline

The Mediterranean diet, rich in vegetables, fish, and olive oil and moderate in wine and alcohol, is associated with slower rates of cognitive decline in older adults, according to researchers at Rush University Medical Center.

The results are published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Included in the study were 3,759 older residents of the South side of Chicago. The researchers analyzed how closely each of the study participants adhered to a Mediterranean diet.

Out of a maximum score of 55, which would indicate complete adherence to the Mediterranean diet, the average study participant scored 28. Those with the higher scores were also the individuals whose cognitive tests showed a slower rate of decline.