Eating barbecued, fried food linked to Alzheimer's
A new study has revealed that eating a meat-rich diet, which has been fried, barbecued or grilled, can trigger Alzheimer's disease and accelerate ageing.
Scientists have discovered that harmful 'Ages' compounds in the "Western diet" cause a build-up of a dangerous protein that forms toxic deposits which ravage the brain, the Daily Express reported.
Researchers found that the high levels of these compounds suppress a protective enzyme concerned in conditions related to brain, metabolic disease, ageing and diabetes.
The study has also found that fatty and sugary foods, like cheese, eggs, white bread, pasta and sugary pastries, cakes and biscuits could also play a part in Alzheimer's by boosting Ages levels.
Dr Simon Ridley, head of research at Alzheimer's Research UK, said that diabetes has previously been linked to an increased risk of dementia, and this new study provides fresh insight into some of the possible molecular processes that may link the two conditions.
Ridley added that eating a balanced diet can help lower the risk of Alzheimer's and following a healthy lifestyle, which includes regular exercise, not smoking, and keeping blood pressure and weight in check can also be helpful.
The study was published in the journal Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences.
(Posted on 25-02-2014)