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By On July 17th, 2009

DASH Diet Combats Mental Decline

Findings recently presented at the International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease indicate that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables and low in salts, sweets, and red meat, may actually slow cognitive decline. The diet used in the study was the “Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension” (DASH). While these findings certainly bring great hope, DASH was very difficult for the patients to adhere to, according to Heidi Wengreen, PhD, RD, assistant professor of nutrition at Utah State University, Logan and lead author of the study. Dr. Wengreen went on to say that the reported difficulty of adhering to the diet could hamper the diet’s success as a practical intervention. The study followed 3,831 people over the age of 65 years who participated in the Cache County (Utah) Study on Memory, Health and Aging. According to Ron Munger, PhD, a professor of nutrition at Utah State, who worked on the study, “No one in our study was actually able to follow the DASH plan 100%.” Click here to read an article from that discusses this study more.

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