It’s estimated that as many as 5.1 million Americans may have Alzheimer’s disease. An Alzheimer’s diagnoses can be devastating to a patient, their friends and their family members. While there is no cure for the disease, there are several foods that can significantly increase your Alzheimer’s risk.
While I’m a fan of red meat, too much of a good thing might increase your chances of Alzheimer’s. (And, of course, eating low-quality red meat is a big no-no.) Red meat is an iron-rich food. And though your body needs enough iron to avoid anemia, chronic fatigue and muscle weakness, too much iron can actually speed up damage created from too many free radicals unleashed in our bodies.
Refined Carbohydrates & Sugars
If you needed another reason to stay away from starchy pasta and breads, here’s one. Diets high in carbohydrates and sugar can raise your risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
The more our bodies ignore insulin, the more our pancreas produce. These high levels of insulin now coursing through the body might actually damage blood vessels in the brain, leading to issues with memory. In fact, in Alzheimer’s patients, parts of the brain become resistant to insulin — and while researchers aren’t sure why, there seems to be a link between diabetes and Alzheimer’s.
No, not old foods! “AGEs” stands for advanced glycation end products. These are chemicals that are found both naturally in our bodies and in some foods. Scientists previously linked foods high in AGEs to diabetes and poor cardiovascular health. Now it seems it might play a role in a declining brain. When foods raise Alzheimer’s risk, AGEs are top of the list.
The #1 Alzheimer’s-Fueling Food
If I had to warn you about the top food to stay away from when it comes to foods raise Alzheimer’s risk, it would be this: A conventional steak coated with store-bought marinade and charred on the grill.
4-poultry, nuts, olive oil