Diet might affect Alzheimer's care

Low-calorie, low-fat diets aren't only good for your body, they're good for your mind too, according to a study that could change Alzheimer's care.

Research published in a journal entitled Molecular Neurodegeneration suggests certain kinds of diets could help delay the progression of Alzheimer's disease (AD).

Diet might affect Alzheimer's care These diets are said to be rich in vegetables, fruits and fish.

Previous studies have led some scientists to believe that high protein diets can leave neurons vulnerable to AD plaque, which might be associated with the loss of brain mass.

"Given the previously reported association of high protein diet with aging-related neurotoxicity, one wonders whether particular diets, if ingested at particular ages, might increase susceptibility to incidence or progression of AD," said Sam Gandy, a professor at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.

The Mayo Clinic says that AD is the most common cause of dementia. About 50 percent of people over the age of 85 have the disease.

While there is no cure for AD, the Mayo Clinic claims the quality of life for people with the disease can be improved by receiving affection from friends and family.

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