Scientists Identify Possible Connection Between Diet and Alzheimer’s Disease

For years, medical researchers from the across the country have studied Alzheimer’s disease, looking for ways to prevent it, developing drug solutions to stop its progression and researching options for curing it.  Recently, they identified a possible link between the foods people consume and the development of Alzheimer’s.


Understanding Alzheimer’s

Recognized as the sixth leading cause of death among Americans, Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, also known as memory loss. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the disease is progressive in nature, with the degree of dementia becoming worse over several years.

In the early years, individuals may experience mild memory problems, but as the disease progresses individuals struggle to engage in conversations and respond to daily situations.

Although Alzheimer’s primarily affects individuals over age 65, at least five percent of individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s are in their 40s and 50s.

Scientists Discover Possible Saturated Fat Link

Recently WebMD reported on the work of researchers at Wake Forest School of Medicine and their studies on the effect of a diet high in saturated fat on the brain. They discovered that foods high in saturated fat and sugar may eliminate a vital chemical the brain uses to fight Alzheimer’s disease. Although the study involved less than 50 individuals, the research identified a connection worth further exploration.

Researchers discovered that a diet high in saturated fats and sugar reduced the brain’s ability to produce a chemical that helps control the development of plaque, which limits neuron function. And this type of plaque has been discovered in the brains of individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

Although this was a preliminary study and not all scientists agree with the results, they concur that diet does have an impact on the function of the body, especially the brain, in keeping healthy and fighting against disease.