American study explores dietary patterns and their link to cognitive decline

Takeaway

  • Dietary patterns in midlife appear to have no contribution to cognitive decline in later life.

Why this matters

  • Dementia mainly affects older individuals and is associated with ongoing decline of brain functioning. Previous research suggests that dietary patterns influence the risk of cognitive decline and dementia.

  • Establishing an association between specific dietary habits and cognitive engagement can inform prevention strategies for individuals at risk of dementia development.