What causes Alzheimer’s disease?
Alzheimer’s disease is a neurological disease that impairs psychological functioning. A patient may experience mild difficulty in remembering. But as the disease progresses, a person may forget even the names of his/her loved ones.
Mostly, Alzheimer’s is commonly found among adults.
But what causes Alzheimer’s disease?
Most of the experts believe that Alzheimer’s is caused by the combination of many factors such as genetic, lifestyle and environment.
A new study found that too much sugar in the food intake can increase the possibility of Alzheimer’s disease development.
The excessive amount of sugar can negatively affect the enzyme called macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) that helps prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
One of the authors, Dr. Omar Kassaar, concluded:
“Excess sugar is well known to be bad for us when it comes to diabetes and obesity, but this potential link with Alzheimer’s disease is yet another reason that we should be controlling our sugar intake in our diets.”
The conclusion was drawn by studying people with and without Alzheimer’s disease.
Professor Jean van den Elsen, a co-author of the study has his own thought about the study:
“We’ve shown that this enzyme is already modified by glucose in the brains of individuals at the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. We are not investigating if we can detect similar changes in blood.
Normally MIF would be part of the immune response to the build-up of abnormal proteins in the brain, and we think that because sugar damage reduces some MIF functions and completely inhibits others that this could be a tipping point that allows Alzheimer’s to develop.”
The study can be a caution to all sugar consumers. A mindful eating can be an effective measure to avoid Alzheimer’s to develop. After all, prevention is still better than medication.
Dr. Rob Williams, another co-author of the study hopes that:
“Knowing this will be vital to developing a chronology of how Alzheimer’s progresses and we hope will help us identify those at risk of Alzheimer’s and lead to new treatments of ways to prevent the disease.”
I’m a licensed psychometrician, author, and blogger. I’m currently working as a University instructor teaching psychology. I love writing and doing psychological research.