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Could cake and chocolate cause Alzheimer's disease?

A new study has revealed high blood sugar levels could be the cause of Alzheimer's disease

Saffron Alexander

Published 06/05/2015 | 13:38

New research suggests sugary foods such as cake and chocolate may be the cause of Alzheimer's disease.

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In the Journal of Clinical Investigation, researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine wrote that high blood sugar levels could have "harm effects on brain function and exacerbate neurological conditions such as Alzheimer's disease".

The study, which used mice, found that high levels of blood sugar increased levels of amyloid beta, which is the main ingredient of plaque found in the brains of Alzheimer patients.

High blood sugar is often found in those who ingest large quantities of sweet, sugary, foods and those suffering from diabetes.

Lead author of the study Shannon Macauley said: "Our results suggest that diabetes, or other conditions that make it hard to control blood sugar levels, can have harmful effects on brain function and exacerbate neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease.

"This observation opens up a new avenue of exploration for how Alzheimer’s disease develops in the brain as well as offers a new therapeutic target for the treatment of this devastating neurologic disorder."

Another recent study from the University of Missouri found that green tea could potentially have the ability to slow down Alzheimer's disease. The study, which also used mice, found progression of Alzheimer's could be decreased or halted completely with the use of a green tea extract called ECGC.

In the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease the researchers wrote: "Consumption of natural products as potential remedies to prevent and treat diseases and to maintain human health is an ancient one.

"Further study of the commonly found extract could lead to advancements in the treatment and prevention of Alzheimer's disease in humans."

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