Research has linked the Mediterranean diet with heart and health benefits for years. A recent study published in Diabetes Care adds more evidence with its findings that diabetics have great gains in cognitive function while on the diet. Details are below.
Researchers followed 913 participants in the Boston Puerto Rican Health Study for a period of two years. During which, the subjects eating habits and mental function were assessed. Subjects were also tested for type 2 diabetes. Researchers found that people without diabetes who more closely followed the diet had an improvement in memory over the two-year period. The results for diabetics were even better. Not only did diabetics have improvements in memory, but they also had improvements with word recognition and cognitive function.
The Mediterranean diet is a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, fish, and healthy fats. It’s also low in processed meats, red meats, and simple sugars.
Source: Mattei, Josiemer, et al. “The Mediterranean Diet and 2-Year Change in Cognitive Function by Status of Type 2 Diabetes and Glycemic Control.” Diabetes Care, American Diabetes Association, 23 May 2019, care.diabetesjournals.org/content/early/2019/05/21/dc19-0130.