Stroke Survivors May Benefit From Following Strict MIND Diet

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Survivors of stroke may have a decreased rate of cognitive decline by adhering to the MIND diet.
Survivors of stroke may have a decreased rate of cognitive decline by adhering to the MIND diet.

HealthDay News — For stroke survivors, high adherence to the MIND (Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay) diet is associated with a slower rate of cognitive decline, according to a study presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference, held from in Los Angeles.

Laurel J. Cherian, MD, from the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, and colleagues annually assessed 106 participants with a history of stroke at baseline enrollment for an average of 4.7 years to examine whether the MIND diet slows cognitive decline. Cognition was assessed in five cognitive domains using structured clinical examinations. A valid food frequency questionnaire was used to compute MIND diet scores.

The researchers found that in an age-adjusted model, there was a positive association for the top vs the lowest tertile of MIND diet scores with a slower rate of global cognitive decline (β = 0.08; P =.02). The correlation remained unchanged after further adjustment for sex, education, apolipoprotein E4, late-life cognitive activity, caloric intake, physical activity, and smoking (β = 0.08; P =.03).

"Our study suggests that if we choose the right foods, we may be able to protect stroke survivors from cognitive decline," Cherian said in a statement. "This is a preliminary study that will hopefully be confirmed by other studies, including research looking specifically at stroke survivors."


MIND diet slows cognitive decline in stroke survivors [press release]. Los Angeles, CA: AHA. Published January 25, 2018. Accessed February 2, 2018.

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