expert reaction to analysis for meat consumption and dementia


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A cohort study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition looks at meat consumption and risk of incident dementia.

Prof Paul Matthews FMedSci, Director of the UK Dementia Research Institute at Imperial College London, said:

“Risk as defined in this study means association, but does not provide evidence that eating processed meat causes dementia.  Similarly, the association between eating unprocessed meat and a lower incidence of dementia in the UK Biobank population does not provide evidence that unprocessed meat protects people from dementia.  The authors themselves note that other factors, like the higher salt content in processed meat might explain their most notable observation. 



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