Meat and Alzheimer's
New research published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition has linked the consumption of meat and other animal products to the risk of developing Alzheimer's. The research, involving 10 countries and dietary data in three five year increments found the most important risk factors seem to be linked to diet, especially the consumption of meat, sweets and high fat dairy products that characterise a "Western Diet".
The research revealed the most significant dietary link to the disease appeared to be meat consumption. Eggs and high fat dairy also contributed while high Vit D status was associated with a reduced risk. The author of the study William B Grant concluded "Although the traditional Mediterranean diet is associated with about half the risk for Alzheimer's disease of the western diet, the traditional diets of countries such as India, Japan and Nigeria, with very low meat consumption, are associated with an additional 50% reduction in risk of Alzheimer's disease."