Soltalk November 2017 - Page 44

Doctor’s notes Dr Rik Heymans is a general practitioner in Nerja and writes on developments in the world of medicine Mediterranean diet The Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative looked at more than 1300 men and women divided into three groups: One group comprised patients with amnestic mild cognitive impairment; The second group included patients with Alzheimer’s dementia; and The final group included healthy controls. Advising your patients to switch to a Mediterranean diet could dramatically decrease their risk for cardiovascular disease. While this may not seem like a new message, a new study has been published which shows these benefits. The study followed nearly 24,000 individuals for an average of 12 years and looked at the health benefits of adherence to a Mediterranean diet. This diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, legumes, cereals, and olive oil, low in red meats, and includes moderate amounts of fish and dairy. The researchers measured glucose metabolic rates with PET scans, which is a marker for the brains’ activity. Participants were then given various types of verbal recall tests. The study found that women with either no, mild, or moderate problems with brain metabolism still performed better than men on these (verbal) memory tests. In those with advanced Alzheimer’s, there was no difference found. Because verbal memory scores are part of the criteria for diagnosing Alzheimer’s, some women may be further along in their disease before the 䁅ɔ䁑͕Q́՝́ѡЁݔ)䁹Ѽٔɕ͕ݡ)مՅѥݽݥѠɽ̸)!ѡ)٥Յ)ݥѡ)Ёݕɕ)ѡȁɥͬ)Ѡ)ɑم͍ձ)ٕ́)х䰁)ѡɕձ́ݕɔ(٥ͱ)ɽȁѡ͔)ݡݕɔɔ)ЁɥѼѡиI͕ɍ́ɽЁѡЁ(Д܁ɑم͍ձȁ͕́ȸԔɑ)ɕѕѡ́ձٽѡձѥɕѼ)ѡ5ѕɅи+ ȁI%,!e59L)ѥ̀а9ɩ)QԀȀ)]܁ѡЁѡ́Ё́ȁѥ́ݥѠЁ͕͔)Q́܁٥́ЁѼЁ́ɥɕٕѥ)Ʌѕ䁅ͼ)顕ˊé͕͔)]ٔȁɥȁٕɉͭ́ѡѡ́́եє)ݕݸ аѡٕ́ձՅݽɬЁѡ)ݡЁ́Ѽѥ她顕ˊé͕͔)ͥ́́͡ѡЁݽݸѼٔ)ɵЁݕɔѥѼхѡȁٕɉ̰ͭ)ѡ̀ѡɽ՝ѡȁѼѥٕ䁍չєձ)ͬ䁕ɱѽ́ѡ䁵Ёٔȁ顕ˊe̸(