The Mediterranean Diet Has Medical Benefits

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There has been a great deal of news lately surrounding the Mediterranean diet.  We know this diet is definitely a big help when it comes to fighting heart disease, and there are numerous reports that it can increase life expectancy.  Recently, there have been several reports looking at whether it helps prevent Alzheimer’s disease.  The debate goes back and forth, and certainly there has been some groundbreaking work by Columbia University looking into the matter, but I think it’s time to make a commonsense point.   There is great reason to continue studies here, but we also know the Mediterranean diet is just good for you.  

 

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A Look at Alzheimer’s Disease

A Look at Alzheimer’s Disease

The statistics are quite dramatic. It’s estimated that 4.5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and there are some who estimate the number could be as high as 6.5 million. One of the difficult things about Alzheimer’s is that it has a gradual onset and may not be apparent for 5-to- 15 years. The signs and symptoms in the earlier stages are very vague, but as time goes on symptoms include problems with memory, communication, and a progressive decline in memory overall. Many people think there is no cure for Alzheimer’s so why get tested or have a diagnosis made? But it is important to realize there are many other causes of memory problems and mental decline. Things like depression or altered chemical balances in the body can lead to change. In addition, there are medicines that can slow the decline. If you have concerns or are concerned about a family member, take the time to see your doctor.

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