Study: Low-Fat Diet May Reduce Alzheimer's Risk

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A low-fat, well balanced diet could lower the risk of developing Alzheimer's and improve memory.

Limiting saturated fats and choosing rich carbohydrates like whole grains and beans steadies a person's blood sugar.

A new study shows that can help reduce biomarkers associated with Alzheimer's. The study also found that high-fat food affects a person's brain and ability to think may play a factor is developing Alzheimer's.

The research findings were published Monday in the June issue of the journal Archives of Neurology.

"The number of Americans with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias will grow each year as the proportion of the U.S. population that is over age 65 continues to increase. The number will escalate rapidly in coming years as the baby boom generation ages," according to the national Alzheimer's Association.

An estimated 5.4 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer's disease in 2011, the association reports. This figure includes 5.2 million people aged 65 and older and 200,000 individuals under age 65 who have younger-onset Alzheimer's.

One in eight people or 13 percent of people over the age of 65 suffer from the disease, which is the most common form of dementia.

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