Health and Life Insurance Comparison Site Quoteboffin.co.uk Welcomes New Research on the Prevention and Treatment of Alzheimer's
Released on: July 15, 2010, 05:25 am
Author: QueryCLick LTD
A study published in The Journal of the Federation of American
Societies for Experimental Biology has suggested that the eating habits
of those suffering from Alzheimer's may have an effect on their
The research involved two groups of mice being fed two different diets over the
course of 5 months. A precious study had shown that foods rich in methionine - an
amino acid - were able to increase the symptoms of dementia within mice, and as a
result scientists deduced that it may be effective in the increased risk of
The most recent study sought then to determine if the methionine induced effects
could be counteracted and even reversed. For 3 months one group of mice was fed a
methionine filled diet, whilst the other group ate a healthy, balanced diet. The
mice on the methionine diet were then introduced to a healthy menu, and the results
were analysed after another 2 months.
The scientists found that the negative effects suffered following the 3 month period
eating the amino acid had been reversed. The discovery demonstrated the capability
of the brain to counteract the damaging effects it has endured. However, the study
is far from conclusive, not least due to the fact that the test subjects were mice.
There is uncertainty regarding the applicability of such results to humans.
Rebecca Wood, chief executive of Alzheimer's Research Trust commented on the
findings, reminding us that:
“This research is on mice, but the Alzheimer's Trust is supporting work looking at
the effects of this type of diet on people. We look forward to the results but at
the moment we don’t yet know if this type of diet could have beneficial effects for
people with Alzheimer’s.”
Health insurance comparison site Quoteboffin.co.uk have
given their backing to the research findings, insisting that:
“Any investigation into the causes and potential treatments for this disease are
crucial, as research is the main tool we have in the battle against Alzheimer's.”
Another piece of research carried out recently, revealed that people with larger
craniums possess better cognitive abilities, including memory and thinking skills.
270 patients were recruited for the trials, the results of which were published in
the Neurology journal.
The research demonstrated that comparatively larger brains possess more neurons and,
as a result, more connections between the neurons. The patients, all suffering from
the same level of Alzheimer's disease, took part in various memory tests which were
analysed by scientists. They found that for every 1% of brain cell death, an
additional centimetre of head size was linked with a 6% greater score on such tests.
While it has been shown that the brain is 93% formed by the age of 6, scientists
involved in the study believed that Alzheimer's prevention should be geared towards
the preschool age group. This was an opinion shared by Quoteboffin.co.uk, who believe that the earlier an awareness of dementia
is instilled in society, the better our outlook for future generations will be.
Although genetics play a major role, external factors such as nutrition, central
nervous system infections and brain damage early in life also have an effect on the
future development of dementia and Alzheimer's. As such, it is believed that
improvements in pre-natal and early life conditions may significantly increase brain
Speaking about this study, the Alzheimer's Research Trust warned that it was
dangerous to focus too much attention on one factor in the fight against the
disease. Head of Research for the organisation Dr Simon Ridley, commented that:
“...too much focus should not be placed on a single risk factor, as Alzheimer’s was
a very complex disease...”
Quoteboffin.co.uk is an online insurance comparison website offering life insurance
comparison tools that allow users to search the market and procure the best life
insurance policies and quotes.
QuoteBoffin.co.uk was launched in February 2010 and is a trading style of David and
Co Consultants Limited.
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