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Fast Food Linked To Dementia, ‘Irreversible’ Brain Damage

Scientists found that regularly consuming fast food such as burger, fries and soft drinks increases the risk of dementia, along with a lack of exercise. They are also more prone to type 2 diabetes and a decline in brain function.

According to research conducted by a team from the Australian National University, people nowadays eat an extra 650 calories more per day compared to 50 years ago. Lead researcher Prof. Nicolas Cherbuin said that people’s unhealthy eating habits and lack of regular exercise puts them at serious risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The unhealthy lifestyle was also linked to the deterioration of the brain’s functions.

He added that prior research suggested that the brain’s deterioration happens slowly, but their study has shown that the process hastens due to unhealthy lifestyle choices. He claimed that people who eat too much unhealthy food and lack exercise to burn calories are highly likely to suffer from dementia and other signs of cognitive issues such as brain shrinkage.

What Is Dementia?

Dementia is a general term for an array of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other cognitive skills that results in a person’s disability to perform everyday activities, as per the Alzheimer’s Association website. Those who have dementia suffer from short-term memory loss, have trouble remembering where they put things and cannot seem to recall a password that they used to know like the back of their hand.

Dementia is caused by the damage of brain cells and interferes with the brain’s cells to communicate with each other. It results in disorientation and affects behavior, feelings and thinking skills. Vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s are two of the most common forms of dementia. These two significantly affect memory and are rare in those under 65 years old.

Cherbuin, however, claimed that people who get tested at the age of 60 are already at an advanced stage of dementia that treatment is “a little too late.” Thus, the researchers suggested that people should be urged to observe healthy lifestyles and avoid preventable brain damage by eating well and doing regular exercise.

Cherbuin also highlighted that the extra number of calories that people consume per day nowadays means that people eat more unhealthy choices such as fast food than healthy ones. This makes people get less nutrients and more calories, making them more prone to diseases such as dementia.

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