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Parkinson's: Diets that slow down the onset of the disease

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Parkinson's: Diets that slow down the onset of the disease

While researchers continue to search for the cause of Parkinson's disease, new research shows that the diet one can make a difference.

Researchers in Canada have found a strong link between the Mediterranean diet and the MIND diet (which combines elements of the Mediterranean diet with a diet known for its contribution to the treatment of hypertension) and the delayed onset of Parkinson's disease.

“Adherence to these diets, both MIND and the Mediterranean diet, coincided with a later onset of Parkinson's disease,” said Avril Metcalfe-Roach, of Columbia University in Vancouver. “For women, the duration was up to 17.4 years when they faithfully followed the MIND diet, while for men the period was eight years,” she notes.

The study is promising, as there is a shortage of drugs to prevent or delay Parkinson's disease.

Metcalfe-Roach acknowledged that the study has limitations. He asked the 167 participants in the study to answer what they ate after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and assumed that their eating habits lasted over time.

“We do not really know how long they followed this diet, but in terms of neurodegenerative diseases and health in general, the earlier you start this diet, the better,” he added.

The study highlights the connection of the gut microbiome to the brain, according to the research team, which plans to further study this possible connection.

The gut microbiome is like a huge factory that produces beneficial chemicals, Metcalfe-Roach explained. Nutrition affects the way the microbiome works.

Diets such as Mediterranean and MIND are believed to use gut bacteria to reduce inflammation, he added.

Both diets are based on the consumption of whole grains, vegetables, fish and reduced amounts of meat and dairy.

Parkinson's disease affects about 1% of people over the age of 60, making it the most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer's. Symptoms develop slowly over time.

“Older people may have health problems other than Parkinson's, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease, so eating a healthy diet can really improve their overall health.”

The findings were published in the journal Scientific Disorders.

Read more at Onmed.gr

Source: www.newsbomb.com.cy

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