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New Study Finds 'Mediterranean' Diet Significantly Reduces Brain Shrinkage (bbc.com) 176

schwit1 writes that 562 elderly research subjects cut their brain shrinkage in half just by changing their diet. (Paywalled article here). The BBC reports: A study of pensioners in Scotland found that those with a diet rich in fresh fruit, vegetables and olive oil had healthier brains than those with different eating habits. They suffered less brain shrinkage than those who regularly ate meat and dairy products. The study was carried out by University of Edinburgh researchers.... Scientists found that those who adhered most closely to the diet retained significantly greater brain volume after three years than those who did not... Lead researcher Dr Michelle Luciano said: "As we age, the brain shrinks and we lose brain cells, which can affect learning and memory. This study adds to the body of evidence that suggests the Mediterranean diet has a positive impact on brain health."
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New Study Finds 'Mediterranean' Diet Significantly Reduces Brain Shrinkage

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  • by Opportunist ( 166417 ) on Sunday January 08, 2017 @10:46AM (#53628087)

    It starts to remind me of the old times in the East Bloc where "scientists" came up with any sort of revelation every time something was in shortage or for some odd reason there was suddenly a surplus. You could bet your ass that the revelation was that eggs are an important source for any kind of vitamins but meat makes you sick.

    Same shit now. What happened, did the olive harvest turn out to be the harvest of the century?

    • by SNRatio ( 4430571 ) on Sunday January 08, 2017 @11:32AM (#53628215)
      Whether or not research proves it to be the "best" diet for most people, the Mediterranean diet has been recommended and researched for ~50 years now. So not exactly a craze.
    • by mspohr ( 589790 )

      There is a long chain of scientific articles over many years exploring the benefits of the Mediterranean Diet.
      I understand that you may be skeptical of a single article but this research goes back many years.
      The following will give you the references you need to make an informed decision:
      https://scholar.google.com/sch... [google.com]
      (About 509,000 results)

  • by KreAture ( 105311 ) on Sunday January 08, 2017 @10:47AM (#53628089)
    What about mediterranean people living and eating elsewhere?
    Do they exhibit the same effects?
  • A wee joke (Score:5, Funny)

    by Harold Halloway ( 1047486 ) on Sunday January 08, 2017 @10:49AM (#53628093)

    Q. What's the Scottish definition of a salad?
    A. Cold chips.

  • They suffered less brain shrinkage than those who regularly ate meat and dairy products.

    Pizza (Most are full of meat & dairy products) originated in the Mediterranean

    • by rfengr ( 910026 )
      Yes, but not stuffed crust pizza with double meat and cheese. That is wholly an American invention.
      • I buy frozen pizzas made in Italy and they're almost identical to hippy pizza in the US; a little bit of sauce, a little bit of cheese, vegetables are the main ingredient.

        It is true that it doesn't resemble Chain Store Delivery Pizza, but then again, neither does higher quality American pizza. ;)

        The whole "pizza is American" meme is just an urban myth based on a no-true-Scotsman.

  • According to the article, eating red meat and poultry didn't make any difference.
  • Good (Score:4, Funny)

    by azav ( 469988 ) on Sunday January 08, 2017 @12:18PM (#53628429) Homepage Journal

    More meat for me.

  • Newsflash: eating food that people have eaten for thousands of years and thrived on, is better than eating highly processed, deep-fried, and/or chemical additives-rich junk that incidentally makes money for their manufacturers and sellers.

    Eat more food grown on plants and less food manufactured in plants.

    (To be sure, a smallish component of meat and dairy is often advised, but if your diet consists of only this (and perhaps bread or your locale's starchy staple) then health problems shouldn't even be surp

  • Therefore many of us will be adopting this diet in an effort to reduce shrinkage.

    • Maybe you should try some Horny Goat Weed drizzled in olive oil?

      Epimedium alpinum (aka Bishop's Hat) is the variety native to the Mediterranean region.

  • by ArtemaOne ( 1300025 ) on Sunday January 08, 2017 @07:33PM (#53630365)

    I've been greatly increasing the amount of anti-inflammatory foods over the last many years. It is very good for every part of your body. Doctors who have studied the right mixture of nutrition and diseases can attest that most things are the result of inflammation, including many chronic diseases. People in the Mediterranean areas often have much lower instances of these inflammation related diseases, and that is largely due to their diet of olives and use of (real) extra-virgin olive oil.

  • Loss of neurons due to aging has been shown to be a measurement error before.

    Haug, H. (1985). Are neurons of the human cerebral cortex really lost during aging? A morphometric examination. In Senile dementia of the Alzheimer type (pp. 150-163). Springer Berlin Heidelberg.

    Unfortunately the article is paywalled. However it says that there is no statistical evidence of neuron loss in healthy people due to aging. Previously widely reported loss was shown to be a systematic bias in measurement.

  • Translation:

    "Scottish person found eating vegetables"

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