Fast Food: A Risk Factor For Alzheimer’s?

Do they mean like this?

Mice that were fed a diet rich in fat, sugar and cholesterol for nine months developed a preliminary stage of the morbid irregularities that form in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. The study results, published in a doctoral thesis from the Swedish medical university Karolinska Institutet (KI), give some indications of how this difficult to treat disease might one day be preventable….

The underlying causes of Alzheimer’s disease are still something of a mystery, but there are a number of known risk factors. The most common is a variant of a certain gene that governs the production of apolipoprotein E, one of the functions of which is to transport cholesterol. The gene variant is called apoE4 and is found in 15-20 per cent of the population.

For her doctoral thesis, Susanne Akterin studied mice that had been genetically modified to mimic the effects of apoE4 in humans. The mice were then fed for nine months on a diet rich in fat, sugar and cholesterol, representing the nutritional content of most fast food.

“On examining the brains of these mice, we found a chemical change not unlike that found in the Alzheimer brain,” says Ms Akterin, postgraduate at KI Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center.

Interesting study.  But why must such findings be presented as a “fast food” story?  Folks, I eat a lot of fast food.  While doing so, I rarely eat a meal “rich in fat, sugar and cholesterol.”  On the contrary, I eat mostly grilled chicken, plenty of salads, rarely any french fries, and the chili and baked potato at Wendy’s are delicious, thankyevedimuch.  I enjoy grabbing a sandwich at Subway, and know a nice lady from India who knows how to load it down with lots of veggies.  (I usually get no meat!)

Order what you will.  But please don’t blame the brick and mortar.  It’s called “personal responsibility.”

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