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"Food For Thought: Diet May Be The Top Way To Influence How Your Brain Ages"- Courtney Rubin

  • US News & World Report
  • New York, NY
  • (August 28, 2018)

A 2018 study suggests diet may be the number one way to influence how your brain ages, compared to other lifestyle factors such as exercise and intellectual-enrichment activities. And starting in your 40s or 50s – when Alzheimer’s really begins – is also key. Mary Sano, PhD, director of the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, cautions that there isn't yet enough research on either diet to fully convince her of specific brain benefits. But you're unlikely to go wrong following a diet of unprocessed foods, she adds. Dr. Sano recommends keeping your weight in check versus attempting to eat for brain health. "There's some evidence that obesity has a whole set of risk factors," she says, "including potentially a cognitive one."

- Mary Sano, PhD, Associate Dean, Clinical Research, Professor, Psychiatry, Director, Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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