Rates of Alzheimer's disease and of processed meat consumption

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The idea that Alzheimer's is an infectious disease does not presume that everyone will eventually get it....various studies have shown that certain risk factors make it more likley one will develop Alzheimer's disease.

--Old age
--Family history of dementia
--Apo E genotype
--Female gender
--Low levels of education
--Smoking
--Geographical location
--high blood pressure
--high cholesterol

According to the American Heart Association, "Rapid acculturation and improvement in economic conditions have lead to the disappearance of the protective effects of a healthy diet. Urban dwellers may believe that a diet high in energy and fat, similar to that of a Western affluent countries, is a symbol of their new status. As a country becomes wealthier, the diet evolves from predominately grains, beans, and local fruits and vegetables toward meat--and especially beef.

A strong correlation exists between beef consumption, or more correctly the presence of a commercial beef industry, and rates of both Alzheimer's disease and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. The parts of India where there is almost no beef industry have almost no CJD and very low rates of AD.

Dying for a Hamburger: Modern Meat Processing and the Epidemic of Alzheimer's Disease, Dr Murray Waldman & Majorie Lamb

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