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A recent study published in the Annals of Neurology journal suggest that some fats may be linked to the development of dementia in later life.
The study tracked the fat intake of 6,183 women over the age of 65 for four years while periodically giving them mental ability tests. Changes in memory and abstract thinking were recorded over the course of the study.
Results showed that women who consumed a diet higher in saturated fats were 60 percent more likely to score lower on tests than those who consumed less saturated fats. The study also found that women who consumed a diet higher in mono saturated fat were 44 percent less likely to score low in the tests.
Not surprisingly, lead author in the study, Dr. Olivia Okereke suggests “People might consider making changes or substitutions in their diet, switching out saturated fats in favor of monounsaturated fats.”
Source Annals of Neurology