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* High dietary copper intake ([greater than or equal to] 1.6 mg/d) was found to be associated with accelerated cognitive decline in elderly subjects with high intake of saturated and trans fats, equivalent to 19 additional years of age
* High copper intake was more likely to be associated with higher cognitive ability and healthy lifestyle in subjects with low intake of saturated and trans fats
* Ongoing community-based prospective study (Chicago Health and Aging Project [CHAP]) of 3,718 persons ([greater than or equal to] 65 years) who completed at least 2 home-based cognitive assessments and a food frequency questionnaire, with a median 5.5-year follow up
New study results suggest that high copper intake may be associated with significantly faster rates of cognitive decline, but only in persons who also consume high levels of saturated and trans fats. For high-fat consumers …