$4 Million Awarded to Study Healthy Diets Reducing the Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

It was announced last Monday that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) would be investing $4 million into research surrounding dietary effects on Alzheimer’s disease. This money has been awarded as a five-year grant to researchers that will use the funding to explore the benefits of a healthy and anti-inflammatory diet. Specifically studying older residents of a multicultural New York neighbourhood, they will look into the potential this diet will have in lowering the risk of cognitive decline. Yasmin Mossava-Rahmani, a nutrition scientist and associate professor of clinical epidemiology and population health, from the Albert Einstein college of Medicine, is planned to lead the project. The study is driven by the fact that inflammation, caused by a typical “western diet” due to the high contents of fats and sugars, increases the risk of developing several diseases including diabetes cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. The researchers will investigate the progression of 300 individuals aged 40-65 in a multicultural community in the Bronx, New York for 27 months. Half of the group will adhere to the new planned diet while the other half will be kept to their usual diet for comparison. To test the results both groups will take blood and cognitive test analyses.

SOURCE: Alzheimer’s News Today, November 20th, 2017 https://alzheimersnewstoday.com/2017/11/20/nih-awards-4-million-grant-to-research-anti-inflammatory-diet-and-alzheimers-risk/

AUTHOR(S): Patricia Inacio

DATE RETRIEVED: Monday November 27, 2017


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