The Vegan Diet and Alzheimer’s Disease
Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a chronic neurodegenerative disease characterized by loss of memory and other cognitive functions. More elderly individuals die from this disease than any other. Two common characteristics of this disease are the formation of amyloid plaques and tau tangles in the brain. The vegan or plant-based diet, is characterized by eating foods that do not come from animals or are not made with products that come from animals.
What people are eating has proved to be an important factor in people developing dementia. Studies have shown that people whose diets are high in animal meat are closely related with Alzheimer’s. Along with AD, populations of peoples who consume a large amount of animal meat also are associated with obesity and high cholesterol: two health issues that can cause further complications for those with AD. “According to Chicago Health and Aging Project; Washington Heights-Inwood and Columbia Aging Project, New York; and Cardiovascular Risk Factors, Aging, and Dementia study, Finland; consumption of saturated fatty acids, which mainly come from dairy products and meat, increases the risk of developing AD.”
Tips for Seniors Eating Vegan
Here are some tips that people can follow to ensure that they are eating well.
- Reduce the number of foods with saturated fats and trans fats. (desserts, cheeses and fried foods)
- Exchange dairy items for fruits, veggies or legumes.
- Consume foods containing Vitamin E (nuts, seeds, whole grains, and leafy vegetables).
- If using multiple vitamins, choose those without iron and copper, and consume iron supplements only when directed by the physician.
As you can see, a diet can greatly affect your physical health. Eating a certain kind of diet can help with many health issues that people may struggle with. Here at Orchard at Brookhaven, we offer foods that fit anyone’s dietary needs. We are happy to work with each one of our residents to create an eating plan that works best for them. If you would like more information about the many services we offer, please contact us today!