Currently, the growing aging population is leading to an unprecedented rise in older Americans. The number of Americans aged 65 years and older is projected to double by 2060, contributing to an increase in the prevalence of age-related diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and related dementias (ADRD). Today, an estimated 5.8 million Americans are living with AD. By 2050, that number is projected to surge to 14 million.
Maintaining healthy nutritional patterns is essential for the prevention and management of neurodegenerative diseases; prior research has found that flavonoid consumption may improve cardiovascular health, reduce cancer risk, and provide other health benefits. While previous trials have examined the relationship between dementia and dietary patterns, most have occurred over a short period of time. A new study from researchers at Tufts University examined the correlation over a period of 20 years, finding a positive association between a low intake of flavonoid-rich foods and increased Alzheimer’s risk.