The foods you eat and when you eat them can help reduce your risk for cognitive disease.
New research suggests that a healthy and strategic diet can be a powerful tool when it comes to protecting your brain and preventing diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia. Dr. Richard Isaacson, the director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic at Weill Cornell Medical Center and brain health researchers Max Lugavere share highlights from recent studies that illustrate potential benefits, even for individuals who have genetic risk factors for cognitive decline.
When to Eat
Making diet and lifestyle changes can help reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, even if you carry the risk genes for the disease. Dr. Isaacson recommends intermittent fasting, which not only helps with weight loss but also gives your brain the opportunity to rest. The general recommendation is to eat no more than 2,100 calories per day but consult with a registered dietitian or your doctor before changing your diet. Intermittent fasting, especially fasting between dinner and breakfast, may reduce your risk for Alzheimer’s by up to 50 percent.