NEW YORK, April 13 (UPI) -- The Mediterranean diet is not only good for the heart, it may also help reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease, U.S. researchers found.
Yian Gu of Columbia University Medical Center in New York and colleagues tracked 2,148 older adults in New York City age 65 and older, who did not have dementia, for four years.
At the follow-up, 253 of the study participant were diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.
The study, published online ahead of print in the June issue of the Archives of Neurology, found those who ate a diet high in salad dressing, nuts, fish, tomatoes, poultry, fruits, vegetables and eating low amounts of high-fat dairy, red meat, organ meat and butter had less risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.
"Our findings provide support for further exploration of food combination-based dietary behavior for the prevention of this important public health problem," the study authors said in a statement.