High Trans Fat Diet Increases The Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

A new study suggests that people with high levels of Trans fat in their blood are more likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer. There is harmful cognitive outcome related to diet that has high Trans fat content said, neurologist Neelum T Aggarwal.  Diet with high Tran’s fat is a major concern for cardiovascular diseases. The diet and blood tests of around 1600 Japanese people were followed for over 10 years in the research. After analyzing the factors, which can affect the risk of Alzheimer’s, researchers have found out that people with two higher levels of trans fats were 50 to 75 % more at risk of developing Dementia.

The study included blood marker levels of trans fat rather than a traditional dietary questionnaire. That upped the scientific validity of the findings. Scientists also adjusted other factors like high blood pressure, diabetes, and smoking in their study. Trans fats are generated naturally in some meat and dairy product. However, greater exposure to trans fat comes from man-made products. Artificial trans fats known as fatty acids are made by an industrialized procedure. It adds hydrogen into vegetable oils to make it more solid. Fatty acids are cheap to manufacture, long-lasting and often give a nice texture and taste to the food. Apart from fried foods, coffee, cream, frozen pizza, sweet pastries, candies and caramels, rice crackers, and ice creams also contribute to the highest blood levels of trans fats.

The US Food and Drug Administration has banned trans fats in 2015 after extensive research discovered the link between fatty acids and an increase of bad cholesterol. Earlier the industries were given three years of extension to stop manufacturing the selling of trans fats but later FDA started granting extensions to the industries. The latest deadline to stop the sale of fatty acids is 1 January 2020. People at risk need to pay attention to their diet and try to consume natural products and avoid highly processed food said, Dr. Neelum Aggarwal.

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