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Levels of Alzheimer’s disease blood biomarkers are altered after food intake-A pilot intervention study in healthy adults

Alzheimer’s & Dementia | May 27, 2023

Huber H, Ashton NJ, Schieren A, Montoliu-Gaya L, Molfetta GD, Brum WS, Lantero-Rodriguez J, Grötschel L, Stoffel-Wagner B, Coenen M, Weinhold L, Schmid M, Blennow K, Stehle P, Zetterberg H, Simon MC. 

Alzheimers Dement. 2023

This study was performed using Simoa Homebrew assay(s).



Blood biomarkers accurately identify Alzheimer’s disease (AD) pathophysiology and axonal injury. We investigated the influence of food intake on AD-related biomarkers in cognitively healthy, obese adults at high metabolic risk.


One-hundred eleven participants underwent repeated blood sampling during 3 h after a standardized meal (postprandial group, PG). For comparison, blood was sampled from a fasting subgroup over 3 h (fasting group, FG). Plasma neurofilament light (NfL), glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP), amyloid-beta (Aβ) 42/40, phosphorylated tau (p-tau) 181 and 231, and total-tau were measured via single molecule array assays.


Significant differences were found for NfL, GFAP, Aβ42/40, p-tau181, and p-tau231 between FG and PG. The greatest change to baseline occurred for GFAP and p-tau181 (120 min postprandially, p < 0.0001).


Our data suggest that AD-related biomarkers are altered by food intake. Further studies are needed to verify whether blood biomarker sampling should be performed in the fasting state.