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Study Reveals Possible Link Between Aussie Favourites and Alzheimer’s Disease

February 1, 2024 2:10 pm in by

Researchers at Bond University in Queensland examined the diets of 438 Australians, including 108 with Alzheimer’s and 330 in a control group.

The researchers found that people with Alzheimer’s tended to eat foods like meat pies, sausages, ham, pizza, and burgers more often, while consuming fewer fruits and vegetables.

The lead author of the study, Tahera Ahmed, explained that the development of Alzheimer’s in the brain starts in middle age and can be attributed to an unhealthy lifestyle from a younger age.

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It is crucial to raise awareness among young people about the benefits of consuming leafy greens, organic foods, and home-cooked meals, rather than regularly indulging in junk or processed foods.

These dietary habits have an impact on brain health and contribute to vascular issues and obesity, underscoring the interconnectedness of these health concerns.

Other studies have shown that diets rich in ultra-processed foods can lead to cognitive impairment later in life.

On the other hand, diets like the Mediterranean diet, which include nuts, olive oil, and fruits, can help protect against cognitive decline.

Regular exercise has also been proven to safeguard the brain. Dr. Helena Popovic emphasised that exercise is the most important thing you can do to protect your brain.

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According to scientists, taking as few as 4400 steps a day can be beneficial for individuals aged 65 and above. Try to walk at a speed of 360 meters in less than six minutes, or complete a kilometer in 16 minutes.

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