Uribarri 2Mount Sinai Medical Center physician Dr. Jaime Uribarri, a member of the AGE Foundation’s advisory board, was cited in a recent article about a study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

The article is titled, “New study postulates the role of dietary advanced glycation end products in the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.” The study in question provides evidence that cooking foods at high temperatures increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, thanks to advanced glycation end-products (AGEs).


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shutterstock_159823835A recent PRWeb article highlighted research on the effects that dietary AGEs have on the brain and other facets of one’s health. The article, titled Avoiding Harmful Byproducts of Heat-Processed Foods Protects Against Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease and Diabetes,” stated:

“Advanced glycation endproducts, or AGEs, are compounds commonly found in the so-called ‘Western diet,’ and previously have been linked to increased body weight, diabetes, and possibly Alzheimer’s disease. Now, researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have shown that AGEs also cause brain changes similar to Alzheimer’s disease and pre-diabetes.”


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World Alzheimer’s Awareness Month is dedicated to helping people learn more about Alzheimer’s and its effects. As people become more educated about Alzheimer’s disease and its symptoms, many people wonder how to tell the difference between symptoms of early stages of Alzheimer’s and memory loss associated with the normal aging process.

Forgetting an appointment or wandering around a parking lot looking for your car doesn’t necessarily mean you’re developing Alzheimer’s. Here are a few common scenarios and how to tell the difference:

Normal age-related changes

  • Forgetting to pay a bill by the due date
  • Needing help programming a TV or microwave
  • Forgetting this day it is but remembering it later
  • Not remembering a person’s name
  • Forgetting where you parked your car
  • Forgetting details of an experience
  • Misplacing things, then retracing steps to find the

Symptoms of Alzheimer’s 

  • Inability to budget or manage money
  • Not being able to complete basic tasks around the house
  • Losing track of the month or season
  • Not recognizing a family member or close friend
  • Forgetting how to drive a car
  • Forgetting entire experiences
  • Misplacing things and not being able to retrace steps

If you notice these signs in yourself or a loved one, it’s important to see a doctor as soon as possible. Early detection can help you get the maximum benefit from available treatments.

World Alzheimer’s Awareness month was designated to help increase awareness about the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease and its social and economic impact. Alzheimer’s disease is a brain disease that causes progressive mental deterioration and eventual fatality. While Alzheimer’s is commonly associated with memory loss and dementia, it affects all aspects of life.

Alzheimer’s Facts 

  • Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States1
  • An estimated 35.6 million people worldwide have Alzheimer’s disease2
  • More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease3
  • 1 in 3 people over the age of 85 has dementia4
  • Worldwide, a person develops Alzheimer’s every four seconds5
  • Deaths from Alzheimer’s increased 68 percent between 2000 and 2010; deaths from all other major diseases (heart disease, stroke, prostate cancer, breast cancer, and HIV) decreased5

Alzheimer’s and AGEs

AGEs are significantly higher in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients than those without the disease. Growing evidence suggest that AGE accumulation in the brain causes inflammation. One study also suggested that AGEs create aggregates that interfere with healthy neuron function in the brain.

 

Sources

1Alz.org
2Alzheimersanddementia.com
3Alz.org
4ALz.org
5World Health Organization
6Alz.org

 


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