I’m a big fan of dairy products.
After all, evidence suggests dairy consumption is associated with better cognitive health in older adults.
However, there is one product my enthusiasm does NOT extend to.
And now, research found that high consumption of it may completely ERASE those cognitive benefits linked to other dairy products…
Higher rates of cognitive impairment
As part of the PREDIMED-Plus study, researchers analyzed responses from a food frequency questionnaire and neuropsychological tests at baseline and two years later, among nearly 4,700 older adults (between 55 and 75 years).
Participants were overweight or obese and suffered from at least three of the following five conditions: abnormal blood sugar levels, high triglyceride levels, high blood pressure, visceral (belly) fat, and low HDL (“good”) cholesterol.
Ultimately, researchers linked higher rates of cognitive impairment to a higher intake of whole milk.
To be fair, this was a subset of older adults—those at a high risk for heart disease, and those who were well on their way to a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis. (Two conditions that affect blood vessels.)
So it’s not at all surprising that their cognition became impaired along the way.
The brain’s ability to get oxygen is what keeps it healthy and functional. And—healthy, open blood vessels are key.
The No. 1 culprit in milk
The important takeaway is this: There are no effective treatments for cognitive disorders. And mainstream approaches often fail to slow the rate of deterioration.
But simple dietary changes COULD prove effective in the fight for your mind.
Now, the researchers tried to blame the saturated fat in whole milk—and completely overlooked the obvious…
Milk contains a high level of sugar. (Whole milk is only 3.25 percent fat… I’ll allow you to do the rest of the math.)
And a high intake of foods with a high glycemic index is linked to cognitive decline. (This is true for anyone, regardless of pre-existing conditions like diabetes or prediabetes.)
To learn more about the milk alternatives I actually recommend, check out my detailed report in the June 2019 issue of my monthly newsletter, Logical Health Alternatives.
And in the meantime, continue enjoying other dairy products—especially cheese—as they have many positives in the research field, even against Alzheimer’s disease (the most common form of dementia).
Until next time,
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“Does Whole Milk Speed Cognitive Decline in Older Population?” Medscape, 07/22/2022. (medscape.com/viewarticle/977766)