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Ketogenic diet to help prevent Alzheimer's

17th October 2005

Eating a diet high in fat could help ward off Alzheimer's disease (AD), according to a new study.

Published in the journal Nutrition and Metabolism the research revealed eating a 'ketogenic diet', one high in fat and low in carbohydrates, reduced the presence of the brain protein amyloid-beta – an indicator of the condition.

Scientists from the US and Belgium tested the effects of the diet on mice engineered to suffer from AD.

It was discovered that the presence of the protein was reduced in those mice fed the diet.

Team leader Samuel Henderson said the work supports the idea that key aspects of Alzheimer's disease can be altered by changes in metabolism.

Over 750,000 people in the UK suffer from dementia and more than half of those also have AD.