High Sugar intake found to be linked to dementia

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A recently published study by the University of Bath and King’s College London suggests high sugar intake could be part of the initial inflammatory process leading to Alzheimers dementia. A vital enzyme called MIF (macrophage migration inhibitory factor) is found to be glycated in the brains of people with Alzheimers disease. Glycation occurs when sugar in the blood stream binds to proteins creating advanced glycation end products (AGE). It is known that suffering with diabetes can increase the risk of Alzheimers dementia (approximately doubling the risk) but to-date there has been no direct explanation to why this is so. This recently published study gives some potential ideas to the pathways that may be involved.

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