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Connecting Diet/Exercise with Alzheimer's Disease

04/27/2000

Question:

Is there a relationship between Alxheimer`s and diet/exercise?

Answer:

The relationship between diet and exercise is something that we are currently researching in our epidemiological study at Case Western Reserve University under the direction of Robert Friedland visit the site below. It has been suggested that exercise may protect against AD,but what is less clear is if reduced activities of exercise may be an early symptom of the disease many years before the development of clinical `dementia`.

Diet is a much more complicated issue. It involves issues of naturally occurring anti-oxidants such as vitamins A, C and I, minerals such as selenium, and other antioxidants found in foods from tomatoes to blueberries. The other issue involves the consumption of dietary fats and their composition, including the percentage of calories from fat and the proportion of animal fats. This is an area of current research at our center.

Related Resources:

National Alzheimer's Association
The Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center

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Response by:

Jon Stuckey, PhD
Formerly
Case Western Reserve University

Alan J Lerner, MD
Professor of Neurology
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University