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Is your Diet Increasing Alzheimer's risk?

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 16, 2017 5:00:00 AM / by Winter Ninivaggi


Diet affects the risk of Alzheimer's.

Over 50 million people around the would have Alzheimer's which is expected to rise over 125 million by 2050.

A recent study suggests that eating a diet high in sugar could cause greater risk of Alzheimer's. Scientist have discovered what they are referring to as the "tipping point" link between blood sugar glucose and the degenerative neurological condition.

Researchers at the University of Bath found excess glucose damages a vital enzyme involved with inflammation response to the early stage of the disease. This information is key in developing a chronology of Alzheimer's progression. It is already understood that diabetes patients have an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's and that abnormally high blood sugar levels or hyperglycemia are well known characteristics of diabetes and obesity. In Alzheimer's abnormal proteins aggregate to form plaque in the brain.
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With this research, scientists have unraveled the specific molecular link between glucose and Alzheimer's disease, which suggests people who consume a lot of sugar, are not diabetic, and are at increased risk. In the early stages of Alzheimer's, an enzyme called MIF, is damaged in a process called glycation. The researchers believe that inhibition and reduction of MIF activity caused by glycation could be the "tipping point" in progression. As the disease progresses, the glycation of the MIF enzymes increases.
This enzyme is already modified by glucose in the brains of individuals at the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. The researchers believe that normally MIF would be part of the immune response to the build up of abnormal proteins in the brain. Sugar damage reduces some MIF functions and completely inhibits others so this could be the point that allows Alzheimer's disease to develop.This research cannot only lead to new treatments but, it will be able to identify those at risk and prevent the disease.
Although the official cause of Alzheimer's disease is unknown, strides are being made to uncover it. Several investigators now believe that converging environmental and genetic risk factors trigger a pathophysiologic cascade that over decades leads to Alzheimer pathology and dementia.

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Winter Ninivaggi

Written by Winter Ninivaggi

Isadora Guggenheim, ND, RN, MS, CNS LMT, owner of Second Nature Naturopathic Care, LLC
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