A new study found that elderly people who eat a carb heavy diet are almost four times as likely to develop mild cognitive impairment (MCI).
Carbs break down into sugars, and sugar plays a role in the development of MCI.
MCI is a precursor to Alzheimer's disease.
Not everyone that has MCI develops Alzheimer's but many do.
5.2 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer's so researchers are doing what they can to find ways to stop MCI before it happens.
The study's lead author said:
"The research field is trying to find things that can help reduce risk factors for pre- dementia problems. If we can stop people from developing MCI, we hope we can stop people from developing dementia. Once you hit the dementia stage, it's irreversible."
Complex carbs (like rice, pasta, bread and cereals) are waaaay worse than simple carbs (like milk, fruits and veggies).
"A high-carbohydrate intake could be bad for you because carbohydrates impact your glucose and insulin metabolism. Sugar fuels the brain, so moderate intake is good. However, high levels of sugar may actually prevent the brain from using the sugar — similar to what we see with type 2 diabetes."
So basically it's the same stuff you've known for a while now.
Add some protein to your diet, don't go carb heavy and try and add fruits and veggies whenever possible.
Do it for lifelong health!
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