The Role of Diet in Brain Health

Discover how your diet potentially affects your risk for developing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease

Dietary habits affect your risk of developing dementia or Alzheimer’s, either potentially increasing or lowering your risks. Learn which foods or beverages increase your risk and which dietary habits decrease your risk of developing either dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

Dietary Habits That Increase Risk Of Developing Dementia Or Alzheimer’s

Some of the same dietary habits that increase risk of developing other chronic medical conditions also raise the risk for developing dementia and Alzheimer’s. Popular Science contributor Clay Dillow points to the fact that there is a “Long-established” link between Alzheimer’s disease, type 2 diabetes and obesity. Dillow says that some medical professionals even refer to Alzheimer’s as “Type 3 diabetes.” Additionally, University of Southern California (USC) Davis, School of Gerontology researchers explain that a diet high in fat, cholesterol and sugar increases the risk of developing Alzheimer’s in some people.

The Washington Post cites statements from the lead study author in another study that demonstrates that drinking diet soda daily triples the risk for developing dementia, compared to individuals drinking diet soda no more than once a week.

Dietary Habits That Reduce Risk Of Dementia Or Alzheimer’s

Researchers published results of a study in Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association, that concluded there is “sufficient evidence” to support the link between healthy diet and lowered risk of suffering from dementia and associated cognitive decline.

There is a known lowered risk of developing dementia or Alzheimer’s with eating a healthy diet such as the Mediterranean Diet, which consists of fruits, vegetables, fish and other healthy foods. Eating a healthy diet, even without specifically following the Mediterranean Diet, lowers risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Regularly eating a diet rich in healthy foods, while limiting intake of foods higher in fat, sugar and cholesterol lowers the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

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