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New Ornish Study: Lifestyle Changes Can Combat Early Dementia – Here’s How

In today's fast-paced world, cognitive health is becoming increasingly important. Recent research sheds light on the impact of lifestyle changes on mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and early dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease. A groundbreaking study conducted by Dean Ornish and colleagues demonstrates that comprehensive lifestyle modifications can significantly slow the progression of cognitive decline.

Key Findings

The study, published in Alzheimer’s Research & Therapy, involved 51 participants aged 45-90 with MCI or early dementia. Over 20 weeks, participants were divided into two groups: one received an intensive lifestyle intervention, while the control group continued with their usual care. The intervention included a plant-based diet, moderate exercise, stress management, and social support. Results showed marked improvement in cognitive function and a reduction in disease progression in the intervention group compared to the control group.

Why This Matters

Cognitive decline impacts millions of families worldwide. Recognizing early signs and taking preventive action can make a significant difference. Dr. Andres Jimenez emphasizes, “Proactive lifestyle changes not only improve quality of life but also empower individuals to take control of their cognitive health.” This study aligns with the holistic approach championed by HealthPrevent360, which offers comprehensive prevention assessments and personalized health plans.

HealthPrevent360: A Step Ahead in Prevention

At HealthPrevent360, we believe in empowering individuals to live healthier, longer lives. Our program integrates the latest technology with proven lifestyle interventions, mirroring the successful strategies highlighted in this study. By focusing on prevention, we provide our clients with the tools they need to support their loved ones and thrive in their personal and professional lives.


Ornish, D., Madison, C., Kivipelto, M. et al. Effects of intensive lifestyle changes on the progression of mild cognitive impairment or early dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease: a randomized, controlled clinical trial. Alz Res Therapy 16, 122 (2024).

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