Reducing your Alzheimer’s risk
A new study from the Australian National University in Canberra has found that older people already experiencing cognitive decline can reduce their risk of Alzheimer’s disease with diet and exercise – if they also get support along the way.
The study, which took place over six months, involved 119 participants. All were over 65 and had experienced some cognitive decline. All participants were prescribed 2-3 hours of moderate exercise per week and were expected to switch to the Mediterranean diet, consisting mainly of fruit, vegetables, fish, nuts, legumes and olive oil. Brain training exercises were also given.
Half of the participants were given online education about their lifestyle changes, the other half had the in-person support of specialist coaches. The group that received the extra support had a significantly lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease and saw an improvement in their cognitive abilities.
At PIM we have a particular interest in diet and wellbeing, and offer ongoing support to patients to support their lifestyle changes. Contact us to find out more.