Eat your spinach! Kale?

In a study called Nutrients and bioactives in green leafy vegetables and cognitive decline: Prospective study, published in the journal Neurology, researchers wanted to measure the protective effect on cognitive decline by green vegetables.  Subjects were given a questionnaire to determine amount of consumption of spinach, collard greens, kale and lettuce.  Then they were followed for […]

North vs. South – The Nordic Diet

People in Nordic countries aren’t very fond of their southern European neighbors’ food choices.  Therefore, the highly-regarded healthy Mediterranean diet doesn’t play well in places like Denmark.  So the healthy Nordic diet was proposed, based on northern preferences and available natural foods.  The Nordic diet is comprised of high intake of fish, apples, pears, berries, […]

Cardiovascular health may prevent cognitive decline.

The term “synergy” may be overused in the business world but in medicine, we’re still ok with it. I always like to point out ways to affect more than one area with a single effort.  One of my favorite examples is that many migraine preventives also help with sleep or with anxiety.  But that’s another […]

Mediterranean diet improves brain appearance.

I’ve recently written on physical activity and brain appearance: Another study shows exercise may make the brain look better. Physically fit people have better looking….. Brains! Now I came across an article on brain appearance in adherents to the Mediterranean diet.  Published in the journal Neurology late last year, Mediterranean diet and brain structure in a multiethnic […]

DASH to a lower chance of stroke.

The most important risk factor for stroke is hypertension (high blood pressure.)  This is because hypertension is a powerful cause of artery damage that results in stroke and is also common.  Thankfully, there are dozens of cheap medications that can be given to control blood pressure.  Diet also can play a role in blood pressure control […]

Seafood, mercury and dementia, oh my!

In a study called Association of Seafood Consumption, Brain Mercury Level, and APOE ε4 Status With Brain Neuropathology in Older Adults., researchers sought to answer some questions about seafood consumption in an elderly population at risk for Alzheimer’s disease.  It is generally felt that fish is a healthy source of protein, but there have been concerns […]

Some health benefits for coffee.

Java lovers take heart.  In a study called Association of Coffee Consumption With Total and Cause-Specific Mortality in 3 Large Prospective Cohorts, researchers found lower mortality rates in moderate coffee drinkers.  The current study was based on data from the Nurse’s Health Study, Nurses Health Study II, and the Health Professionals Followup Study, in all over 200,000 […]

Resolution time: Diet and exercise to prevent stroke (Part 1)

I just uncovered 2 articles in my pile from the journal Stroke published in July of 2015 that seem just perfect for the beginning of a new year. They focus on the science behind benefit or healthy diet and exercise as part of stroke prevention strategy. The first article is called Diet and Stroke: Recent Evidence Supporting […]

Strict adherence to healthy diet protects against cognitive decline.

Yet more data from clinical research show the importance of a healthy diet. In a study called “Healthy eating and reduced risk of cognitive decline,” Canadian researchers looked at 27,860 subjects from 2 completed large trials in which a dietary questionnaire was completed at the beginning of the trial. The researchers wanted to determine if […]

Healthy lifestyle factors: Line them up, knock them down.

In a post a few weeks ago called “Play your cards right – avoid a stroke!” I wrote about a study from Sweden on women subjects that showed that 5 healthy habits led to a lower risk of stroke. Here’s a similar study in men. In another Swedish study called “Primary prevention of stroke by […]