Is there a connection between consuming sugar and memory loss? Read on to learn more…
If you indulge in sugar-laden foods and beverages you may be increasing your risk of Alzheimer’s disease, according to recent research conducted at the University of Alabama.
Researchers used a genetic mouse model that develops Alzheimer’s-like symptoms in adulthood. The mice were separated into two groups. One group consumed a regular, balanced diet, while the other group was supplemented with 10% sugar water. After the 25-week period, the researchers compared the metabolism, brain composition and memory skills of the two groups.
Sugar and Memory Loss: How Your Sweet Tooth Can Increase the Risk for Alzheimer’s
They discovered that the sugar-fed mice gained approximately 17% more weight, developed insulin resistance and had higher cholesterol levels. These mice also had more difficulties with learning and memory retention and their brains contained over twice as many amyloid plaque deposits – a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease.
Researchers note that the human equivalent of the mouse diet would be about 5 cans of soda per day. But since mice have a higher metabolism, it may actually take less sugar in humans to develop the same health-harming consequences.
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- American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (2007, December 10)