Linking the ‘western diet’ and Alzheimer’s disease – what are the effects?

Written by Alice Weatherston

Previous studies have indicated that an estimated 25% of cases of Alzheimer’s disease are influenced to some extent by poor diet and sedentary lifestyles. However, little is understood about the mechanisms of contribution of these lifestyle factors to subsequent cognitive function. Recent work by researchers at Tufts University (MA, USA)/The Jackson Laboratory, which was published in Nature Scientific Reports, has taken a closer look at these associations. The researchers utilized a ‘western diet’ chow for mice developed by Simon John and his team (The Jackson Laboratory, ME, USA), which combines high amounts of animal products, fat and sugars with low...

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