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High Consumption of Ultra-Processed Foods Linked to Dementia Risk, Study Says

High Consumption of Ultra-Processed Foods Linked to Dementia Risk, Study Says

A recent study published in the journal Neurology examined more than 72,000 people without dementia over age 55, and found a link between those who…

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A recent study published in the journal Neurology examined more than 72,000 people without dementia over age 55, and found a link between those who consumed higher amounts of ultra-processed foods and an increased risk for the condition.

Researchers emphasized that this is an association, not a cause and effect, so eating these foods isn’t proven to cause dementia —but it can raise risk.

While it’s difficult to define what makes a food ultra processed, researchers offer guidelines and foods to consider avoiding or limiting.

First, the good news: Consistent, cardiorespiratory exercise like cycling can help decrease dementia risk . This has been highlighted in multiple studies, including a large cohort study published in 2019 in The Lancet , which found that those with a high level of cardio fitness had a reduced risk of the condition. But there’s a catch: If you’re eating mainly ultra-processed foods, your risk may still be elevated.

In a recent study published in the journal Neurology, researchers examined more than 72,000 people without dementia over age 55 from the UK Biobank, a database containing the health info over half a million participants in the United Kingdom.

Evaluating the group after 10 years, researchers found that those who ate the most ultra-processed foods were significantly more likely to have developed dementia than those with the lowest consumption. This was true even after adjusting for other variables like age, gender, and family history of dementia.

Ultra-processed foods are those considered high in added sugar , salt […]

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