Can our diet increase the risk of dementia?
The study published in Neurology focused on examining food networks and their link with the development of dementia.
Advertising message In 2020, it is no secret that a healthy diet can benefit not only the body in general, but also our brain. However, it may not only be a question of what foods we eat, but rather how we combine the foods we eat with each other (Samieri et al., 2018).
According to a new study published in the Neurology journal on April 22, 2020, the American Academy of Neurology medical journal, people whose diet consisted primarily of highly processed meats, starchy foods such as potatoes, snacks, cookies and cakes, were more likely to develop dementia in subsequent years, compared to people who ate a wider variety of healthy foods (Samieri & Kimberly, 2020).
So, according to the researchers who conducted the aforementioned experimental study, there is a complex interconnection between foods in a person’s diet, and it is important to understand how these different connections, or food networks, can influence the brain by implying that the diet could be a effective strategy to prevent dementia (Samieri & Kimberly, 2020).
Numerous studies have shown that a healthier diet, such as a diet rich in green leafy vegetables, berries, nuts, whole grains and fish, can reduce a person’s risk of dementia. Many of these studies have focused on the quantity and frequency of ingestion of these foods. The study published in Neurology focused more on examining food networks and found important differences in the ways in which foods were consumed together.
The study involved 209 people with an average age of 78 with dementia and 418 people, balanced by age, gender and educational level, healthy (Samieri & Kimberly, 2020).
Advertising message Five years earlier, participants had completed a dietary questionnaire describing what types of food they consumed during the year and how often, from less than once a month to more than four times a day. They also did medical checkups every two to three years. Researchers used the food questionnaire data to compare which foods were often consumed (Samieri & Kimberly, 2020).
It turned out that people who developed dementia tended to eat highly processed meats such as sausages, meats and pates with starchy foods such as potatoes, alcohol, snacks, biscuits and cakes. According to the researchers, these data suggest that the frequency with which ” processed ” meat is combined with other unhealthy foods, may be an important factor that contributes to increasing the risk of developing dementia (Samieri & Kimberly, 2020).
Being preliminary data, it is denoted the need to conduct further studies before affirming with “certainty” that the diet followed by an individual may affect the probability of developing dementia, it also denotes the need to understand, which dementias are more related to food, given that the panorama of this type of disorder is extremely wide and does not consist solely of Alzheimer’s syndrome (Samieri & Kimberly, 2020).