Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Citius, Altius, Fishius

Forget health care. This country needs a diet & exercise reform:

Aug. 11 (Bloomberg) -- Lots of exercise, combined with eating a diet rich in fish, fruits and vegetables, may lower a person’s chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease, a study by Columbia University Medical Center in New York found.

Those who adhered most closely to the Mediterranean diet and were the most physically active had about a 60 percent lower risk of developing the disease compared with those who didn’t follow the diet or exercise, according to research today in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study found the overall risk for getting Alzheimer’s was 9 percent for those who combined the most exercise and healthiest eating compared with 21 percent for the least.

The study builds on previous research that showed sticking to a Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil, red wine, fish and fresh produce lowers the odds of developing Alzheimer’s disease. The authors said this was the first research to look at the impact of a combination of Mediterranean diet with exercise.

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