Western diet linked to Alzheimer’s
The proliferation of amyloid plaques 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 plaques.
By tracking cognitive health in mice that ingested certain harmful AGEs at levels proportional to a Western diet, the