Did you know that every hour discontinuation of treatment of ischemic stroke ages the brain by an additional 3.6 years? And many elderly people live alone and sometimes many hours or even the whole night passes before an ambulance is called.
Even if the person undergoing the stroke is not alone, he often hides the uncomfortable symptoms or refuses to go to the hospital. This means that the risk of developing dementia is 20% - 2 times more than in the rest of the population - after stroke. What can you do about it? How to help a loved one after a stroke to keep fit as long as possible? The answer is the MIND diet.
MIND is the abbreviation for "Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay," or Intervention Combining the Mediterranean Diet and DASH to Delay Neurodegenerative Changes.
Good thinking, diet MIND combines two favorite American scientists diet - the Mediterranean diet and the DASH diet.
The Mediterranean diet is a popular diet in the Mediterranean, which has a range of benefits: it prevents heart disease and stroke, breast and colorectal cancer, type II diabetes, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, and reduces the overall risk of death by 20%.
The MIND diet was established recently, in 2015. The result is that at the moment there is no specific research on it that would clearly indicate its benefits. However, there are already 2 studies that show the first effects of the MIND diet.
In a study published in 2015, 923 adults aged 58 to 98 years were observed for 4.5 years, who were recommended to follow the MIND diet principles. It turned out that the most urgent people had a 53% lower risk of developing Alzheimer's disease than the least disciplined ones. However, the most interesting was the discovery that even moderately applying people reduced their risk of falling by as much as 35%.
What about the second test? We will tell you about it in a moment. First, find out how the MIND diet differs from other diets.
If you care for a loved one after a stroke, it will be difficult for you to persuade them to change their diet. You may be reluctant to have an additional obligation yourself, especially if you have a negative diet experience. Counting calories, exotic and expensive ingredients on long shopping lists, and continuous weighing are a real test of patience. How to reconcile this with caring for a person after a stroke?
Strangely enough, usually impractical scientists have thought about it this time. Instead of creating a diet based on a stiff menu and precisely measured portions, they created two lists: 10 foods to eat as much as possible and 5 foods to avoid. You can hide this list in the short version in your wallet or add it as a note on your phone and always have it with you, even if you make a shopping decision spontaneously.
It is not yet known how the MIND diet counteracts Alzheimer's disease (and probably many others). All previous knowledge about it comes from research on the DASH and Mediterranean diet. Scientists believe that the MIND diet works by reducing oxidative stress and inflammation.
Both states are desirable for the body to be able to fight infections and injuries, however, they cause chronic diseases in excess. Both DASH and Mediterranean diets reduce oxidative stress and inflammation. Hence the suspicion that the MIND diet works similarly - antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.
Of course you can eat more than these 10 food groups. However, if you focus on them very much, the effects will be much better.
If a person after a stroke is unable or unwilling to eat as many servings, is it worth going on a MIND diet?
Let's return to study # 2 on the MIND diet. According to him, the more adhered to diet recommendations, the better the effect, but even moderate discipline significantly reduces the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. However, it is worth to apply, because those who adhere to the MIND diet rules were 20 years younger than those who did not follow the diet.
As you can see, you don't have to avoid these products altogether. Just reduce their intake to enjoy the positive effect of the MIND diet on your mind and body.