The MIND diet may help to prevent or delay complaints about memory in older individuals with no history of depression

In January 2019 researchers from France published the results of their study to assess whether adherence to the Mediterranean-DASH diet intervention for neurodegenerative delay (MIND) was associated with subjective memory complaints in older individuals. A total of 6,011 individuals, aged 60+ years and with no history of complaints about memory at the start of the study, were assessed and given a MIND dietary score. Over an average follow-up of 6 years, approximately 15% in the 60-69 age group and 30% of those aged over 70 years complained about their memory. Results showed that the MIND dietary score was not significantly associated with complaints about memory in the 60-69 years age group but that there was a significant association in those aged 70 and over. This apparent association was strengthened after individuals with depression were excluded.

Adjibade M et al. Prospective association between adherence to the MIND diet and subjective memory complaints in the French NutriNet-Santé cohort. J Neurol. 2019 Jan 31. [Epub ahead of print]

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