Western diet link to Alzheimer’s

The plaques that form in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients could be due to eating a Western diet, say international scientists.

The researchers found that compounds in the body known as advanced glycation end-products (AGE) - the result of a western-style diet - disable an important enzyme that protects the brain.

Previously linked to diabetes and neurodegenerative disease, AGEs may be one possible cause of the accumulation of amyloid, a component of the plaques that are characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease.

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