People Who Eat More Trans Fats Have Higher Dementia Risk

A new study that included the older Japanese population finds that people whose blood contains higher levels of trans fats were at higher risk of developing dementia compared to people with lower levels.People Who Eat More Trans Fats Have Higher Dementia Risk

For the study, a team of researchers used data from 1,628 people whose age was at least 60 years. None of them was diagnosed with dementia at the moment of blood sampling during a screening examination in 2002–2003. The participants were followed for 10 years and registered incidences of dementia.

The analysis of the collected data showed that those participants who had the highest levels of trans fats in blood had a 52% higher risk to develop dementia.

Study author Toshiharu Ninomiya, a professor in the department of epidemiology and public health at Kyushu University in Japan, says: “These public health efforts have the potential to help prevent dementia cases around the world, not to mention the decrease in heart disease and other conditions related to trans fats.”

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