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Grantees in the News:  Mediterranean diet and cognition research, authored by 3 Beeson Scholars, featured on CNN.com

Jul 18
2017

Grantees in the News: Mediterranean diet and cognition research, authored by 3 Beeson Scholars, featured on CNN.com View MoreBACK

On July 17, 2017, CNN.com spotlighted research on the Mediterranean Diet and cognition, co-authored by 2003 Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging scholar Kenneth Langa, MD, PhD, 2015 Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging CARDI scholar Claire McEvoy, PhD, and 2001 Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging scholar Kristine Yaffe, MD and originally published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society in April.

The original study, Neuroprotective Diets Are Associated with Better Cognitive Function: The Health and Retirement Study, observed the dietary patterns and cognitive function of 5,907 adults aged 50 years and older.

The researchers found that participants who followed the Mediterranean diet had a 30% to 35% lower risk of cognitive impairment.

AFAR Board Member Rudolph E. Tanzi, PhD reflects on the study: "While 35% is a greater than expected decrease for a lifestyle choice, I am not surprised. The activity of our genes is highly dependent on four main factors: diet, exercise, sleep and stress management, of these, perhaps diet is most important."

For further insights on the growing body of research supporting the benefits of a Mediterranean Diet on healthspan, read AFAR Medical Officer Richard Besdine, MD’s, Huff/Post50 blog post, An Olive a Day? The Preventive Power of the Mediterranean Diet, in which, Dr. McEvoy shares: “A key research challenge is to understand the best ways to support people to make sustained and lasting changes to their diet.”

The full article can be read here.

The full Journal of the American Geriatrics Society article can be read here.

AFAR Medical Officer Richard Besdine’s, MD Huff/Post50 article can be found here.

The research was also recognized in a related feature story in the News Independent that can be viewed here.

Richard Besdine, MD is a Professor of Medicine, the Director of the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine in the Department of Medicine, the Chief of Geriatrics for Lifespan, and the Greer Professor of Geriatric Medicine at Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Kenneth Langa, MD, PhD, is a Professor, Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan.

Claire McEvoy, PhD is a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of California in San Francisco School of Medicine.

Rudolph E. Tanzi, PhD is the Director of Genetics and Aging Research Unit at MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease and Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School.

Kristine Yaffe, MD, is a Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology and Epidemiology and the Roy and Marie Scola Endowed Chair Vice Chair of Research in Psychiatry at the University of California in San Francisco School of Medicine.





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