MCI in older adults may come with an increased risk of Alzheimer’s. So, a The 2019 study explored 17 people with an average age of 65 and their eating habits to see how true this is.
The study lasted for 12 weeks. The first six weeks participants ate independently. In the other half they were asked to follow one of two diets. There was a hybrid Mediterranean / Keto diet that was low in carbs and high in healthy fats. The second was the American Heart Association Diet, which is high in carbs.
A registered dietitian made a meal plan for them based on their food preferences. Participants took food diaries and blood samples to track their diet. Stool samples were collected weekly for analysis of intestinal fungi. (Related: What happens in your body when you drink a smoothie every day.)
So, did the study find a link to Alzheimer’s risk?
At the beginning of the study, people with MCI had fewer fungi than healthy people. In this case, a healthy number equals a small risk of developing Alzheimer’s because the fungus helps with brain function. However, the analysis showed that following a mixed diet helped to increase fungal numbers in people with MCI, according to Medical News Today.
“While we do not fully understand how these fungi contribute to Alzheimer’s disease, this is the first study of its kind to reveal their role in mental health, which we hope their relationship in the scientific community To ignite thinking to develop a better understanding of Alzheimer’s disease, ”Hariom Yadav, Ph.D. And an assistant professor of molecular medicine at the university, according to Medical News Today. “It also indicates that dietary habits such as eating a ketogenic diet can reduce harmful fungi in the gut, which may help reduce Alzheimer’s disease processes in the brain.”
There is no known treatment for Alzheimer’s. But this new research shows how important food is to the body and mind.
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