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Saturday, September 16, 2006

Could it really be that simple?

This story reports about a forthcoming paper in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease:
In this new study, Dr. Pasinetti at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, in collaboration with Dr. Donald Ingram at the Laboratory of Experimental Gerontology, National Institute on Aging, NIH, maintained the Squirrel Monkeys on calorie restrictive or normal diets throughout their entire lifespan until they died of natural causes. The researchers found that ~30% calorie restriction resulted in reduced AD type amyloid neuropathology in the temporal cortex relative to control fed monkeys.

In other words, the increase in AD might be caused by what we eat? If calorie reduction can stave off AD, would we see more people reduce their caloric intake and simultaneously lose weight.

Could it really be that simple?

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