Network analysis of dietary habits to identify dementia risk factors

Takeaway

  • Processed meats and unhealthy snacking may increase the risk of developing dementia.

Why this matters

  • Previous studies have suggested an association between certain types of diets and reduction in dementia risk; however, these studies fail to recognize that real-life eating habits are complex with few people sticking to a prescribed diet for an entire lifetime.

  • Network analysis could help characterize association between dietary elements and assess their individual roles in increasing dementia risk in the context of the wider dietary system.