We don’t yet know a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, but scientists are studying more about factors that increase or decrease the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, and one of those risk factors is the number of people in the Western world who are It seems to be a familiar eating habit.
A new review of 38 studies from the past five years found that Western dietary patterns were a risk factor for developing Alzheimer’s disease in people with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease.
On the other hand, the Mediterranean diet ketogenic dieta diet containing omega-3 fatty acids and probiotics appears to prevent the disease, but only in mild to moderate cases.
Researchers at several institutions in China suggest that dietary changes may be one way to reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia and limit the damage to cognitive abilities. are doing.
“Certain nutritional interventions may slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and improve cognitive function and quality of life.” write In a published paper, the researchers said:
In the studies analyzed, these ‘nutritional interventions’ improved cognitive function and quality of life in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease. They also appeared to slow disease progression.
The cause of Alzheimer’s disease is unknown, but we do know that Alzheimer’s disease causes an accumulation of Alzheimer’s disease. Amyloid beta (Aβ) peptide and tau protein It clumps up in the brain, leading to the destruction of neurons that are key to thinking and memory.
Based on research, how dietary choices affect inflammation may be key here. A Western diet high in saturated fat, sugar and salt puts extra stress on our bodies, which may somehow make us more susceptible to dementia.
“The main mechanisms are based on reducing oxidative stress and inflammation, and reducing the accumulation of Aβ peptides.” write researchers.
The Mediterranean diet is high in whole grains, fruits, vegetables and seafood, while the ketogenic diet is a very specific high-fat, low-carbohydrate dietary approach. As researchers point out, the keto diet is not without risks from an overall health standpoint and should be used in consultation with your doctor.
Dementia is thought to affect even more over 50 million As of 2020, that number is steadily increasing around the world. Finding ways to reduce risk while advancing the search for treatments can make a big difference.
While this research continues to understand how diet is linked to Alzheimer’s disease and the mechanisms behind it, this study and others like it show how what we eat affects our brains. It helps to give scientists a more accurate picture of what kind of impact they have.
“The results showed that nutritional interventions can slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, improve cognitive function and improve the quality of life of patients.” write researchers.
“However, many knowledge gaps remain unexplored, and more in-depth research into the link between nutrition and Alzheimer’s disease is recommended.”
This research Frontiers of Neuroscience.