10 May '11, 12am

Lifestyle, diet have little effect on Alzheimer's: CHICAGO - THERE is no strong evidence that any dietary or lif...

CHICAGO - THERE is no strong evidence that any dietary or lifestyle changes can reduce a person's risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, a US government panel said on Monday. Experts called together by the National Institutes of Health examined scores of studies about whether diet, exercise, nutritional supplements and chronic diseases like diabetes or hypertension affect a person's risk of getting the fatal, brain-wasting disease. They found some signs that diabetes, high cholesterol and smoking could raise the risk of Alzheimer's. And they found that eating a Mediterranean-type diet - high in healthy fats, fruits and vegetables - and taking folic acid, cutting back on alcohol and keeping the brain and body fit appear to lower the risk. But in every case, the evidence was not strong enough to say for sure, the panel found. 'Although numerous studies have investigated ris...

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