High carb diet linked to Alzheimer's

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/01/29/high-carb-diet-linked-to-alzhe.html


I’m having oatmeal for lunch.


I was going to write something snarky but then I forgot what I was going to say. takes bite of spaghetti sandwich


throws away perfectly good 5 pound bag of Gummy Bears.


In a 2012 study, Roberts broke nearly 1,000 people down into four groups based on how much of their diet came from carbohydrates. The group that ate the most carbs had an 80 percent higher chance of developing mild cognitive impairment—a pit stop on the way to dementia—than those who ate the smallest amount of carbs.

Is carbohydrate intake necessarily correlated with blood sugar levels, though? I might also posit that perhaps those who have a higher chance of developing mild cognitive impairment will have a greater inclination towards consuming more carbohydrates, perhaps due to cultural or economic stresses.


Aluminum also causes Alzheimer’s. And cholesterol. And smoking. And NSAIDs.

  • Builds high affinity with highly energetic food
  • Naturally selects brains that can cheaply produce and distribute such food
  • Turns out it makes you fat, diabetic, and demented

I hope we are on the “brain can learn about it and find solutions before extinction” phase.

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In my day Alzheimer’s was linked to aluminium! We all threw out our foil. Switched to deodorant that was twice as expensive and half as effective. And lived in abject fear of our cookware.

It’s was Alzheimer’s in both directions. In the snow!

Kids these days boy I tells ya


Luckily, I can’t remember that this is bad for me nom nom nom nom nom


I’m sorry, I just can’t take anything with that name seriously. It’s like the Necronomicon for nutritionists, right?


so what I gain from the coffee the four sugars and hot chocolate I mix it with takes away.


You got further than I did. I’m still stuck on the size and scope of this study. Let’s see…99% white, 51% male, 40% ≤ 12 years education, and 65% married. None of those would convince me I need to give up my daily pasta diet plan.


Well, shit.

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High fat diet linked to cardiovascular disease.

High protein diet linked to kidney failure.

I get it! Stop eating food and you’ll live forever!


I was specifically worried about an upcoming A1C test, but I guess it’s a good thing I passed on that 1 lb. sack of pitted dates, in any case.

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Is aluminum ok now? Good to know!

A friend had almost mastered the no-food diet, but he died.

ETA: This is an old joke about a farmer who was upset that his animals died just when he had finally trained them not to need food.


Just… No.

Dietary fat intake only accounts for something like 5-10% of your serum cholesterol. The rest is pretty much just genetics.

High protein diets are only bad for kidneys if you already have very poor kidney function.

Yet again, it’s just carbs that are bad for you. The crappy-food producers are throwing a lot of money at trying to obfuscate that, but seriously. Sugar and simple carbs are the goddamn devil.


“People with mild cognitive impairment, or MCI, can dress and feed themselves, but they have trouble with more complex tasks.”

So that’s what’s wrong with him.


A year or two ago I got to be a guinea pig for a study on blood sugar drugs and memory loss at Stanford. Unfortunately, because they take double-blind seriously, I don’t know if I spent three months getting daily injections of Placebo, but I got to have a couple of MRIs (fun, but researchers only get the equipment way too early in the morning : -), and a couple of glucose tolerance tests (which turn out to make me horribly grouchy most of the day), and a couple of memory function tests. And my blood sugar’s always been boringly normal when I haven’t just pounded down a cup of lemon-lime-flavored glucose syrup.