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Reasons for dementia.

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Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are rapidly increasing worldwide.

While we don’t know everything about the causes for these conditions, research has documented several reasons and risk factors involved.

I will go through these risk factors and explain what you can do to help prevent memory loss and Alzheimer’s as you get older. The sooner you use the research available and implement these suggestions, the better off you will be.

If you have followed what I have written about reasons for chronic conditions, you have probably seen a pattern. I have systematically showed you what research has documented, and the reasons involved turn out to be the same. This actually makes things easier, as you will see improvement in several areas when you start to implement these recommendations.

Vascular impairment is also one of the reasons for cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease (Gorelick PB, et al. 2011).

This should not be a surprise since every tissue in the body needs proper nutrition, and without a healthy vascular system the nutrient and energy supply to the tissue will be compromised. The brain uses a lot of energy and when you get deposits in the vascular system (endothelial dysfunction), your memory will also be affected.

It is interesting that saturated fat and trans fat have been associated with an increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease (Morris MC, et al. 2003).

Persons in the upper fifth of saturated fat intake had 2.2 times the risk for Alzheimer’s disease compared to persons in the lowest fifth intake. For the intake of trans fat starting with the second fifth intake, the risk increased 2.4 times.

Research has also associated higher intakes of these fats to vascular impairment. On the other hand, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat from vegetables were found to decrease the risk for Alzheimer’s.

Good sources of vegetable fat are avocados, nuts and seeds. Vegetable fat also acts as an energy source for the brain in addition to glucose.

The first thing you should do is to adjust your diet so it will provide you with high nutrient, low glycemic index food, including healthy fat.

Learn to Eat:  Recommendations that work. This is not a regular diet program.

 

Gorelick PB, Scuteri A, Black SE, Decarli C, Greenberg SM, Iadecola C, Launer LJ, Laurent S, Lopez OL, Nyenhuis D, Petersen RC, Schneider JA, Tzourio C, Arnett DK, Bennett DA, Chui HC, Higashida RT, Lindquist R, Nilsson PM, Roman GC, Sellke FW, Seshadri S; American Heart Association Stroke Council, Council on Epidemiology and Prevention, Council on Cardiovascular Nursing, Council on Cardiovascular Radiology and Intervention, and Council on Cardiovascular Surgery and Anesthesia. Vascular contributions to cognitive impairment and dementia: a statement for healthcare professionals from the american heart association/american stroke association. Stroke. 2011 Sep;42(9):2672-713. doi: 10.1161/STR.0b013e3182299496. Epub 2011 Jul 21.
 
Morris MC1, Evans DA, Bienias JL, Tangney CC, Bennett DA, Aggarwal N, Schneider J, Wilson RS. Dietary fats and the risk of incident Alzheimer disease. Arch Neurol. 2003 Feb;60(2):194-200.
 

 

Protect your memory with something you enjoy eating.

Posted by on 8:28 am Anti-aging, Brain, Cognition, Dementia, Memory | 0 comments

pieces of chocolate on whiteThe reviewed research first mapped out the precise brain location for age-related dysfunction using functional MRI.
The researchers then had 50-69 year old participants either consume a high or a low cocoa flavanol diet for 3 months(Brickman AM,et al. 2014).

The results showed that a high flavanol diet was found to enhance dentate gurus function, that is the function related to memory dysfunction, when measured with functional MRI and cognitive testing.

To increase your cocoa flavanol intake you can either eat some dark chocolate with a high flavanol content or drink some cocoa. Dark chocolate and cocoa are bitter; for that reason sugar is added of course, so be sure to watch your sugar levels with chocolate. The more bitter you can handle the better.

 

Brickman AM, Khan UA, Provenzano FA, Yeung LK, Suzuki W, Schroeter H, Wall M, Sloan RP, Small SA. Enhancing dentate gyrus function with dietary flavanols improves cognition in older adults. Nat Neurosci. 2014 Dec;17(12):1798-803. doi: 10.1038/nn.3850. Epub 2014 Oct 26.

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Specific spice can benefit your brain.

Posted by on 12:41 am Brain, Dementia, Depression, Memory | 0 comments

7055d94a-21c7-4447-b7ec-6b960e70f9c9Spices can benefit your health, especially saffron.

46 patients with mild to moderate  Alzheimer’s disease were assessed for cognitive function and either given 15 mg of saffron twice a day for 16 weeks or a placebo (Akhondzadeh S, et al. 2010).

The saffron produced significantly better results on cognition than the placebo.

What kind of side effects can you expect if you take saffron?

Well, if you feel depressed, you may get in a better mood.

When researchers compared saffron and Prozac while treating patients with mild to moderate depression, they found that saffron worked as well as Prozac (Noorbala AA, et al. 2005).

 

 

 

Akhondzadeh S, Sabet MS, Harirchian MH, Togha M, Cheraghmakani H, Razeghi S, Hejazi SSh, Yousefi MH, Alimardani R, Jamshidi A, Zare F, Moradi A. Saffron in the treatment of patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease: a 16-week, randomized and placebo-controlled trial. J Clin Pharm Ther. 2010 Oct;35(5):581-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2710.2009.01133.x.

Easy way to reduce your risk for Alzheimer's disease.

Posted by on 8:58 am Bone density, bone loss, Brain, Dementia, Vitamin D | 0 comments

Beautiful lady enjoying on a sailboat.Copy spaceThe reviewed research followed 1,658 adults who were free from dementia, cardiovascular disease and stroke for an average of 5.6 years (Littlejohns TJ, et al. 2014).
Vitamin D levels (25-hydroxy vitamin D) were measured from blood samples.

It was found that vitamin D deficiency is associated with a substantially increased risk for both dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

For most people 2000 IU daily of vitamin D 3 is enough to maintain a good level of vitamin D. That should be easy to manage, and if you also get out in the sun a little bit without sunscreen, you should be even better off.

 

 

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Littlejohns TJ, Henley WE, Lang IA, Annweiler C, Beauchet O, Chaves PH, Fried L, Kestenbaum BR, Kuller LH, Langa KM, Lopez OL, Kos K, Soni M, Llewellyn DJ. Vitamin D and the risk of dementia and Alzheimer disease. Neurology. 2014 Sep 2;83(10):920-8. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000000755. Epub 2014 Aug 6.

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Elevated levels of common lab test associated with increased risk for Alzheimer's.

Posted by on 6:46 pm Brain, Cognition, Dementia, General Health, Glucose, Insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, Low glycemic meals | 0 comments

img_salad_steakThere is no single test available at the time to specifically diagnose Alzheimer’s disease or to only show the risk for it. New research, however, indicates that a common test like fasting glucose may tell us something about the risk (Burns CM, et al. 2014).

When regional cerebral metabolic rate for glucose in brain regions usually affected by Alzheimer disease was measured, a correlation with fasting glucose levels was found. Higher fasting glucose levels in cognitively normal, non diabetic adults were correlated with lower regional cerebral metabolic rate.

This means that higher fasting glucose levels may be associated with the pathophysiology of Alzheimer’s disease and increase the risk for this disease.

What is the solution? A diet consisting of high nutrient, low glycemic index food, exercise and meditation for better handling of stress. This type of lifestyle will also reduce the risk for all other chronic conditions as well.

 

 

 

Burns CM1, Chen K, Kaszniak AW, Lee W, Alexander GE, Bandy D, Fleisher AS, Caselli RJ, Reiman EM.Higher serum glucose levels are associated with cerebral hypometabolism in Alzheimer regions. Neurology. 2013 Apr 23;80(17):1557-64. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0b013e31828f17de. Epub 2013 Mar 27.

Taking this vitamin regularly could reduce your risk for dementia.

Posted by on 6:00 pm Brain, Cognition, Dementia, General Health, Memory, Supplements, Tissue Recovery Blog, Vitamin D | 0 comments

FullSizeRender2The reviewed research included 1658 elderly participants who were free from dementia at the start of the study(Littlejohns TJ et al. 2014).

The vitamin they were tested for was vitamin D.
 

During the average follow-up of 5.6  years, 171 participants developed dementia including 102 cases of Alzheimer’s disease.

The researchers concluded that the results confirmed that vitamin D deficiency is associated with a substantially increased risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

In my experience, just by taking 2000 IU of vitamin D 3 per day would keep you above the level of what this research indicates as increased risk for dementia.

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  Littlejohns TJ, Henley WE, Lang IA, Annweiler C, Beauchet O, Chaves PH, Fried L, Kestenbaum BR, Kuller LH, Langa KM, Lopez OL, Kos K, Soni M, Llewellyn DJ. Vitamin D and the risk of dementia and Alzheimer disease. Neurology. 2014 Sep 2;83(10):920-8. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000000755. Epub 2014 Aug 6.