LET’S GET DEMENTED!!
Looks like we’ve got more links between the slop we eat, and your grandma Margaret forgetting your name again.
Perhaps Homer can’t be blamed for his loopy absent minded parental behavior.
Mice fed junk food for nine months showed signs of developing the abnormal brain tangles strongly associated with Alzheimer’s disease, a Swedish researcher said on Friday.
The findings […] show how a diet rich in fat, sugar and cholesterol could increase the risk of the most common type of dementia.
“On examining the brains of these mice, we found a chemical change not unlike that found in the Alzheimer brain,” Susanne Akterin, a researcher at the Karolinska Institutet’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, who led the study, said in a statement.
“We now suspect that a high intake of fat and cholesterol in combination with genetic factors … can adversely affect several brain substances, which can be a contributory factor in the development of Alzheimer’s.”
In her research, Akterin focused on a gene variant called apoE4, found in 15 to 20 percent of people and which is a known risk factor for Alzheimer’s. The gene is involved in the transport of cholesterol.
She studied mice genetically engineered to mimic the effect of the variant gene in humans, and which were fed a diet rich in fat, sugar and cholesterol for nine months — meals representing the nutritional content of fast food.
These mice showed chemical changes in their brains […] as well as signs that cholesterol in food reduced levels of another protein called Arc involved in memory storage, Akterin said.
So let’s say you are unlucky enough to be one of these 15-20 % of people that have the gene variant that is a known risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease. If this gene is involved in the transport of cholesterol, I would make a wild guess that maintaining a diet high in cholesterol for a long period of time could exacerbate any problems that you could potentially have.
On top of that, consuming excess cholesterol interferes with memory storage.
“All in all, the results give some indication of how Alzheimer’s can be prevented, but more research in this field needs to be done before proper advice can be passed on to the general public,”
I laugh at statements like this in regards to studies. What is she saying? Is she saying she’s not sure if it would be better or worse if people stopped eating “junk” type foods? I’m not saying they shouldn’t keep doing studies on this, but how about before they find out everything there is to know about the effects of food on dementia, why not suggest to the general public that they should cut back on foods that have no real benefit in their overall diet anyway?
Maybe this researcher has caught a little dementia herself. It’s contagious, right?
I wonder if one can recognize the signs if they are starting to get dementia themselves…
What was I talking about?