Colorado University Scientists Suggest a Sugary Diet Could Fuel Alzheimer’s

By Shawn Patrick on February 17, 2023
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It’s not all about frat parties and Coach Prime in Boulder. They’re doing some pretty remarkable research too!

A new study found that a common dietary sweetener could fuel development of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine say fructose, a simple sugar used to sweeten a wide range of foods and beverages, restricts blood flow to the brain’s cerebral cortex. The study’s lead author says that it can lead to progressive brain atrophy and neuron loss with all the features of Alzheimer’s disease. That, researchers say, makes the case that “Alzheimer’s disease is driven by diet.”

It’s estimated that six-and-a half million Americans age 65 and older are living with Alzheimer’s, which is the most common form of dementia. The youngest victim of the disease is currently 19-years-old.

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