An opportunity to take part in a study exploring the potential benefits of the Mediterranean diet and physical activity on brain function.
MedEx-UK is a study exploring the potential beneficial effects of a Mediterranean diet and physical activity on brain function in UK adults.
This study is funded by Alzheimer's Research UK and the results will help inform strategies to reduce dementia risk in the UK.
You must be aged between 55 and 74 years old to take part.
You must not have a diagnosis of dementia but may be at risk of developing it in later life (as identified through cardiovascular health risk factors).
The research team are targeting these specific participants as they feel they may represent an ideal population in which dietary and other lifestyle interventions could be particularly effective at reducing dementia risk.
Potential participants are asked to complete an online screening questionnaire, after which we may wish to ask you further question via telephone to confirm your eligibility to take part. The screening questionnaire can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/medex-uk
Unfortunately, you will not be able to take part if you:
As this trial requires you to make changes to your diet and physical activity levels you would need to be prepared to try to make these changes throughout the trial period.
You will be allocated in to one of three study groups for a 24 week period, during which you will be encouraged to make changes to your diet and activity levels. The groups are:
Group 1 - Mediterranean diet group: Volunteers will be given support and advice to consume a more Mediterranean-type diet.
Group 2 - Mediterranean and physical activity group: Volunteers will be given support and advice to consume a more Mediterranean-type diet and become more physically active.
Group 3 - Control group: Volunteers will be provided with current NHS advice for eating better and becoming more active.
The general requirements for participants will include:
This study will take place at Newcastle University between June 2019 and April 2020.
Appointments will be arranged between the researchers and participants.
Mediterranean diet (group 1) and Mediterranean diet plus physical activity (group 2):
Participants will receive £30 per week in shopping vouchers for the online food retailer Abel & Cole for 24 weeks to help cover the costs associated with making dietary changes as part of the study. We will also cover general expenses associated with the study, such as travel costs for data collection visits.
Control group (group 3):
Participants will receive £10 per week in vouchers for John Lewis or Marks & Spencer for 24 weeks upon completion of the study. We will also cover general expenses associated with the study, such as travel costs for data collection visits.