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Research Grants 2009


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2009 Grants - Scarmeas

Mediterranean Diet and Alzheimer's Disease in the Mediterranean Region

Nikolaos Scarmeas, M.D.
Columbia University
New York, New York

2009 New Investigator Research Grant

Individuals following the Mediterranean diet roughly follow the traditional dietary patterns of persons living in the Mediterranean region, obtaining their nutrients from fruits and vegetables, healthy fats, whole nuts and grains, fish and seafood, moderate amounts of red wine, and limiting their intake of red meat. Epidemiologic studies have provided evidence that the Mediterranean diet can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Nikolaos Scarmeas, M.D. and colleagues performed epidemiologic studies of persons living in New York, and found evidence that the prevalence of Alzheimer's disease was lower among those who followed a Mediterranean diet as compared to those who didn't. The researchers have proposed extending their studies by attempt to confirm these results in a different population—persons living in Greece. The researchers will analyze an existing database and collect additional information about the prevalence of Alzheimer's disease, diet and cognitive function among a group of Greek residents. They will analyze the results to determine if close adherence to the Mediterranean diet lowers a person's risk of Alzheimer's disease. The results of this study will provide a foundation for future studies of the role of diet in Alzheimer's disease, and possibly suggest ways to reduce the prevalence of the disease in large populations.