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June 26, 2002

Dietary Intake of Antioxidants and Risk of Alzheimer DiseaseFood for Thought

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: National Institute on Aging, Bethesda, Md (Mr Foley); Pacific Health Research Institute, Honolulu, Hawaii (Dr White).

JAMA. 2002;287(24):3261-3263. doi:10.1001/jama.287.24.3261

The risk of acquiring Alzheimer disease (AD) is considerable in countries with long life expectancies. Projected national burdens related to AD are daunting as unprecedented numbers of people are expected to survive their eighth and ninth decades of life.1 In the United States, the current estimate of 360 000 new cases of AD each year is expected to triple in the next 40 years.2 Even modestly effective interventions that delay the onset of AD by 1 to 3 years will substantially alleviate the growing economic and societal burden associated with this disease.3

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