Eating just one rasher of bacon a day ‘raises the risk of developing dementia by up to half’

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Eating just one rasher of bacon a day ‘raises the risk of developing dementia by up to half’

EATING just one rasher of bacon a day raises the risk of developing dementia by up to half, a study suggests. And the danger grows regardless of

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EATING just one rasher of bacon a day raises the risk of developing dementia by up to half, a study suggests.

And the danger grows regardless of other factors, such as a genetic tendency to be affected.

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The findings, from analysis of genetic and health data of 500,000 people, show eating 25g of processed meat — the equivalent of one rasher — raises the risk of dementia by 44 per cent.

But unprocessed meat, such as beef, pork and veal, was found to protect against the condition.

Eating just 50g a day cut the risk by nearly a fifth.

Researcher Huifeng Zhang said: “This adds to the growing body of evidence linking processed meat consumption to increased risk of a range of non-transmissible diseases.”

The Leeds University team looked at details from the UK Biobank database on Brits aged 40 to 69 between 2006 and 2010.

This included how often they snacked on meat products.


Over an average of eight years, nearly 2,900 cases of dementia, including Azheimer’s disease, emerged — more often in men.

Sufferers also tended to be less educated, smokers, overweight and ate more junk food and less fruit and vegetables.

Professor Janet Cade, who supervised the research, said: “Anything we can do to explore potential risk factors for dementia may help us to reduce rates of this debilitating condition.”

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