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STUDY: Processed meat found to increase risk of dementia by 44%

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Data from 500,000 people and found that consumption of 25g serving of processed meat a day, the equivalent of one rasher of bacon, is linked with an increased risk of developing the disease by 44 percent

MELISSA SCOTT: Various research studies have highlighted the factors found to potentially contribute to the onset of neurodegenerative diseases like dementia. In a study, it has been shown that consumption of processed meat could increase dementia risk.

This research was carried out by scientists from the University’s Nutritional Epidemiology Group. They utilized data from 500,000 people and found that consumption of 25g serving of processed meat a day, the equivalent of one rasher of bacon, is linked with an increased risk of developing the disease by 44 percent…

Researchers were trying to see whether there is an association between the intake of meat and the development of dementia. It is worth noting that this condition happens to 5 percent to 8 percent of individuals over 60 years of age worldwide. The findings of Meat consumption and risk of incident dementia: a cohort study of 493,888 UK Biobank participants, were published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

“Worldwide, the prevalence of dementia is increasing and diet as a modifiable factor could play a role,” said Lead researcher Huifeng Zhang, a Ph.D. student from Leeds’ School of Food Science and Nutrition. “Our research adds to the growing body of evidence linking processed meat consumption to increased risk of a range of non-transmissible diseases.” 

The research team, which was supervised by Professors Janet Cade and Laura Hardie, both at Leeds, looked into data provided by the UK Biobank. This is a database that comes with in-depth genetic and health information from half a million UK participants aged 40 to 69. SOURCE…

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