Department

Department of Physiology

First Advisor

Dr. Jonathan Prather

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Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most common diseases affecting today’s population, and the number of cases increase each year. With the direct cause remaining unknown and age being the largest known risk factor, Alzheimer’s tends to be considered a largely unpreventable disease. However, recent studies have implicated the role of a high-carbohydrate diet in the development and progression of Alzheimer’s, providing a possible explanation for the development of the disease. This presentation aims to examine the data supporting the role of a high-carbohydrate diet in the development of Alzheimer’s and other similar neurodegenerative diseases and explore possible mechanisms by which this occurs.

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Oral Presentation, Honors Program

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Implications of High-Carbohydrate Diets in Alzheimer’s Disease: An Exploration of Causality

Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most common diseases affecting today’s population, and the number of cases increase each year. With the direct cause remaining unknown and age being the largest known risk factor, Alzheimer’s tends to be considered a largely unpreventable disease. However, recent studies have implicated the role of a high-carbohydrate diet in the development and progression of Alzheimer’s, providing a possible explanation for the development of the disease. This presentation aims to examine the data supporting the role of a high-carbohydrate diet in the development of Alzheimer’s and other similar neurodegenerative diseases and explore possible mechanisms by which this occurs.