A Western diet of sweet and fatty junk food increases your risk of Alzheimer's disease, a new study warns.
Americans have a higher average risk than most other nationalities of developing the degenerative brain disorder, and have done for years. That is likely due to their dietary pattern, which drives up cholesterol and Alzheimer's-influencing proteins that create blockages in the brain.
This is according to Dr William Grant, the lead author of a landmark review of international data tracking Alzheimer's disease and its causes.He said: 'Mounting evidence from ecological and observational studies indicates that the Western dietary pattern—especially the large amount of meat in that diet—is strongly associated with risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. Although the traditional Mediterranean diet is associated with about half the risk for Alzheimer's disease of the Western diet, the traditional diets of countries such as India, Japan, and Nigeria, with very low meat consumption, are associated with an additional 50 per cent reduction in risk of Alzheimer's disease.'
Dr Grant, of San Francisco's Sunlight, Nutrition, and Health Research Center, looked at a host of peer-reviewed studies to draw his conclusion, which is published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition.
Source - Daily Mail