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High-fat diet in pregnancy linked to Alzheimer’s brain changes in offspring

A new study from scientists in Southampton has suggested that diet during pregnancy may affect an offspring’s risk of brain changes linked to Alzheimer’s disease. The research, which was funded by Alzheimer’s Research UK, studied adult mice whose mothers were fed either a normal or a high-fat diet during pregnancy and lactation. The study is due to be presented at Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference 2014 in Oxford this week.

Led by Dr Cheryl Hawkes at the University of Southampton, the team set out to investigate the links between obesity and Alzheimer’s. Obesity has been linked to a higher risk of the disease, and previous research has suggested that a mother’s diet during pregnancy may affect a child’s risk of obesity and conditions such as heart disease and diabetes in adulthood.

More at: Alzheimer's Research UK