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Aluminum in the diet and Alzheimer's disease: from current epidemiology to possible disease-modifying treatment.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20378957     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In recent years, interest in the potential role of metals in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD) has grown considerably. In particular, aluminum (Al) neurotoxicity was suggested after its discovery in the senile plaques and neurofibrillary tangles that represent the principal neuropathological hallmarks of AD. Al is omnipresent in everyday life and can enter the human body from several sources, most notably from drinking water and food consumption. The evidence supporting association from ingestion of Al from drinking water is somewhat stronger than for its ingestion from food. However, other elements present in drinking water, such as fluoride, copper, zinc, or iron could also have an effect on cognitive impairment or modify any Al neurotoxicity. Some epidemiological studies, but not all, suggested that silica could be protective against Al damage, because it reduces oral absorption of Al and/or enhances Al excretion. Some epidemiological investigations suggested an association between chronic exposure to Al and risk of AD, although this relationship falls short of all the criteria generally attributed to causation. Future studies need to be more rigorous to truly test the validity of previous findings and in doing so attempt to identify dose-response relationships between Al and AD risk which may provide new routes to disease-modifying treatment of AD or possibly some lifestyle modification, to supplement existing symptomatic approaches.
Vincenza Frisardi; Vincenzo Solfrizzi; Cristiano Capurso; Patrick G Kehoe; Bruno P Imbimbo; Andrea Santamato; Flora Dellegrazie; Davide Seripa; Alberto Pilotto; Antonio Capurso; Francesco Panza
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of Alzheimer's disease : JAD     Volume:  20     ISSN:  1875-8908     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Alzheimers Dis.     Publication Date:  2010  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-04-09     Completed Date:  2010-07-08     Revised Date:  2010-10-22    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9814863     Medline TA:  J Alzheimers Dis     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  17-30     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Geriatrics, Center for Aging Brain, University of Bari, Bari, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Aluminum / poisoning*
Alzheimer Disease* / chemically induced,  epidemiology,  therapy
Cognition Disorders / chemically induced
Diet / adverse effects
Environmental Exposure*
Neurotoxins / poisoning*
Risk Factors
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Neurotoxins; 7429-90-5/Aluminum

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