Patients with type 2 diabetes who closely followed a Mediterranean diet, which is rich in:
- healthy fats
- whole grains
experienced greater improvements in cognitive function, and word recognition than those with and without diabetes who ate other diets, including the DASH diet, according to a study in Diabetes Care.
Researchers followed 913 patients from the Boston Puerto Rican Health Study and found the Mediterranean diet’s brain health benefits were limited to those who had good blood sugar (glucose) control from the start or had improved blood sugar control over the course of the study.
Bottom line: Following a Mediterranean-style diet may improve brain health in people with type 2 diabetes.
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