9.07.2009

Saturated Fat and Alzheimer's Causality
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From Australian Broadcasting Corp...




Researchers believe they have discovered why foods high in saturated fat increase the likelihood of developing Alzheimer's disease.

Researchers from Curtin University of Technology in Perth, found that saturated dietary fat damages the lining of blood vessels in the brains of mice, allowing a protein called amyloid to enter the brain.

The study, to be published in the British Journal of Nutrition, is one of the first to demonstrate a scientific link between diet and Alzheimer's disease.

"In the past population studies suggested that high fat diets may be a risk factor for Alzheimer's disease, but no one really understood why," says Professor Mamo, co-author of the study and National Director of the Australian Technology Network's Centre for Metabolic Fitness.

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