Western Diets Bring Alzheimer's to Developing Countries
Increased animal fat consumption in developing countries is associated with more Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. Researchers analyzed dietary data from populations 65 years and older in Japan and in eight developing countries including India, China, and Brazil. As animal fat and calorie consumption increased, so did obesity rates and prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease. According to the author, mechanisms for dementia risk include increased obesity and increased intake of saturated fat, cholesterol, and iron.
Grant WB. Trends in diet and Alzheimer’s disease during the nutrition transition in Japan and developing countries. J Alzheimers Dis. Published ahead of print September 13, 2013.
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