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5 Foods That Increase Your Alzheimer’s Risk, Say Doctors

Avoid these high-risk foods to stay sharp and healthy

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When we stick to specific eating plans, most of us tend to think about the long term effects that the foods have on our waistline, muscles, and organ health. We often don’t draw connections between our mental health and long-term diseases like dementia or Alzheimer’s with the food we put in our body, but the facts have begun to slowly reveal these elements rely on each other. According to the National Institute on Aging, science has begun to reveal that some of the foods we eat can potentially increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease later in life.

Knowing what foods and beverages can increase your risk of developing Alzheimer’s can help you make the necessary changes in your diet. Staying healthy seems tougher every day, but by working on limiting these foods, you can guarantee to stay sharp and quick-witted as you go through your golden years. To help us compile the list of the top foods that can lead to Alzheimer’s, we asked Dr. Christine Bishara, MD and founder of From Within Medical, as well as Dr. Amber O’Brien, MD and health expert at EZCare Clinic on their opinions of which foods present the largest Alzheimer’s risk.

Learn which foods can increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s, and for more healthy tips, be sure to check out our list of The 7 Healthiest Foods to Eat Right Now.

1 Sugary Cereals
colorful sugary kids cereal in white bowl on blue towel

Many health officials believe a dissonance between the stomach and brain contributes to developing Alzheimer’s.

“The common finding…is the disruption of the gut-brain axis through transmission of abnormal proteins through the vagus nerve that sends signals from the gut to the brain,” says Dr. Bishara. “Because of the decrease in gut diversity and increase in inflammation, we believe these pose significant links to the development of Alzheimer’s dementia.”

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