Positive diet and lifestyle habits have been pinpointed as two key protective factors that can help. The study examined the diets of 541 Australians to determine the impact of protein on levels of amyloid beta (Aβ) levels in the brain , a precursor to Alzheimer’s disease. “The research clearly demonstrates that the more protein eaten the lower the chances someone has of having a high Aβ burden on the brain, which corresponds to a lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s in the future,” says lead researcher Dr Binosha Fernando.
There is also a theory that says an adequate amount of protein consumption helps reduce blood pressure, which is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease as well as Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative non-curable illness destroying memory and other vital memory functions, being the most common form of dementia. The majority of people with Alzheimer’s are 65 and older but Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging. At the moment only treatments for symptoms are available.