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Default Sugar and Alzheimer's - A Possible Connection

Diet and Alzheimer's

The study included specially bred mice genetically predisposed to develop symptoms similar to Alzheimer's in adulthood.

Over 25 weeks, eight of the mice received a regular diet, consisting of feed and regular water. Seven other mice ate the same feed, but they drank a water/sugar solution, and 43% of their overall caloric intake was from sugar.

The sugar-fed mice gained about 17% more weight over the course of the study. They also had higher cholesterol and were more likely to develop insulin resistance, a hallmark of diabetes.

These mice also performed worse than non-sugar-fed mice on some tests designed to measure learning and memory retention.

The brains of the sugar-fed mice had about twice as many plaque deposits as the mice fed regular water.

The study is published in the latest issue of the journal Biological Chemistry.
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