Mediterranean diet prevents Parkinson's disease

More and more, diet is being recognized for the role it may play in Parkinson’s disease. The healthy Mediterranean diet may protect against neurodegeneration. Could it protect against Parkinson’s? It could!

Parkinson’s is the second most common neurodegenerative disease in the world. Studies are starting to identify a role for diet. One example is the potential role that has been recently discovered for milk (Eur J Epidemiol 2014;29(9):613-9).

A massive Swedish study collected dietary information from 41,715 women. It then followed them for 10.9 years and looked at how closely they followed a Mediterranean diet and how often they developed Parkinson’s. The women who most closely followed a Mediterranean diet were 46% less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease. Women who were 65 or older had an even more impressive 57% lower risk of Parkinson’s when they most closely followed the diet.

The researchers concluded that “Higher adherence to a Mediterranean diet at middle age was associated with lower risk” of Parkinson’s disease.

The Mediterranean diet is high in fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, seeds, beans and olive oil. It is low in meat and dairy and moderate in fish. It can also include moderate red wine.

So, preventing Parkinson’s can be added to a long list of benefits for the Mediterranean diet that already includes being  good for your heart, good for your brain, good for your weight, good for preventing breast and prostate cancer and good for your mood.


Movement Disorders 2020;doi.org/10.1002/mds.28314


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