Mediterranean diet linked with improved cognition in people with diabetes

Following a Mediterranean diet rich in fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, fish, and healthy fats may boost brain function in people with diabetes, according to a new study.

Analyzing two years’ worth of data from 913 participants in the Boston Puerto Rico Health Study, researchers found that people with diabetes who followed a Mediterranean diet had bigger gains in memory and other types of cognitive function than those who didn’t eat that way.

Lead author Josiemer Mattei, assistant professor of nutrition at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, told Reuters that antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables and healthy fats found in fish and oils may help sustain cognitive function by reducing inflammation and oxidization in the brain.

Read the Reuters article: Mediterranean diet tied to better memory for diabetics

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