New research in Alzheimer’s & Dementia has unveiled how dietary choices and their implications may influence cognitive function across a variety of races and ethnicities.
The study was conducted by experts at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Researchers tested metabolite-cognitive function associations in more than 2,000 American Hispanic adults, more than 1,300 European Americans, and over 400 African Americans.
The participants were gathered from the Community Health Study/Study of Latinos and the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities study.
“Six metabolites were consistently associated with lower global cognitive function across all studies,” according to the study’s authors.
“Of these, four were sugar-related (e.g., ribitol). MR analyses provided weak evidence for a potential causal effect of ribitol on cognitive function and bi-directional effects of cognitive performance on diet.”
“Several diet-related metabolites were associated with global cognitive function across studies with different race/ethnicities,” the study’s authors concluded.