A new research has suggested that fat-rich diet of a pregnant woman can put her unborn child in the high-risk category of suffering from Alzheimer's disease later in life.."
According to scientists at the University of Southampton, fat-rich diet led to accumulation of harmful sticky beta amyloid proteins, which causes Alzheimer's."
AdvertisementThe researchers conducted the study on mice and found that fatty food restricted blood flow to brain, a condition related to the disease. They said as the study was conducted on mice more work was needed.."
Lead scientist Dr Cheryl Hawkes from University of Southampton said, "Our preliminary findings suggest that mothers' diets during pregnancy may have long-term effects on their children's brains and vascular health."
Thus the study suggests that women need to be careful with their diet during pregnancy as it can have long-term effect on the child later. Dr Eric Karran, director of research at the charity, which funded the study, said, "Research to understand these factors can help equip us to take steps to prevent the disease, but in the meantime, evidence suggests we can lower our risk by eating a healthy, balanced diet, doing regular exercise, not smoking and keeping our blood pressure and weight in check."
In another research, scientists are trying to find out new methods to detect Alzheimer's disease before dementia sets in. Once the research shows the result, blood or urine tests will help diagnose Alzheimer's disease.
Protein fragments present in cerebrospinal fluid can help in finding out about Alzheimer's disease very early before problems like memory loss start. This finding can show way for affordable screenings. Claudio Soto, PhD, of the University of Texas Medical School Houston's Department of Neurology, who co-authored the study, and other researchers analysed cerebrospinal fluid from 50 Alzheimer's patients and found elevated levels of Aâ oligomers, a type of molecule which is a step in the onset of Alzheimer's disease."
"This is the key molecule and could be the best, most reliable way to make an early diagnosis," Dr Soto said.