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High-Carb Diet May Increase Your Risk of Dementia

Published on March 13, 2014,

Dr Mercola has an interesting review of the latest studies that suggest a diet avoiding sugar and carbohydrates is a good choice for protecting brain health and reducing the likelihood of the onset of dementia…

High-Carb Diet May Increase Your Risk of DementiaShare By Dr. Mercola If you’re interested in protecting your brain health and preventing dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, the research is pouring in in support of a key dietary strategy… namely, avoiding sugar and carbohydrates, including gluten. Last year, I interviewed Dr. David Perlmutter-probably the leading natural medicine neurologist in the US, from my perspective-whose New York Times best-selling book, Grain Brain, has brought this issue to the forefront of medicine. He recently expanded on this topic in an interview in Alternative and Complementary Therapies, where he cites even more research showing a high-carb diet may be detrimental to your brain. Higher Blood Sugar Levels Are Bad for Your Brain According to recent research published in Neurology, chronically higher blood sugar levels have a profoundly negative influence on cognition, which the researchers believe is “possibly mediated by structural changes in learning-relevant brain areas.”

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Alzheimer’s may be late-stage diabetes

Published on December 10, 2013,

The UK’s Sunday Times has reported new research suggesting Alzheimer’s – the devastating neurological disease affecting 500,000 Britons – may actually be the late stages of type 2 (T2) diabetes…

English: A healthy brain compared to a brain s...

English: A healthy brain compared to a brain suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

They have found that the extra insulin produced by those with T2 diabetes also gets into the brain, disrupting its chemistry.

Eventually it leads to the formation of toxic clumps of amyloid proteins that poison brain cells.

“The discovery could explain why people who develop T2 diabetes often show sharp declines in cognitive function, with an estimated 70% developing Alzheimer’s — far more than in the rest of the population,” said Ewan McNay, a Briton whose research at Albany University in New York State was co-sponsored by the American Diabetes Association…

The sharply elevated risk of Alzheimer’s disease in T2 diabetics has been known for a long time. However, since relatively few obese people have tended to survive into old age, the effects have had less attention and are not widely known among the public and GPs.

Now, however, better treatments mean a sharp improvement in the survival rates of people with T2 diabetes — meaning there is likely to be a surge in Alzheimer’s cases…

McNay’s research does, however, offer one cause for hope. It is known that people who develop T2 diabetes can get rid of it again by losing weight and taking exercise. McNay suggests that the same remedies might also serve to ward off Alzheimer’s, at least in the very early stages…

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Can a Low-Carb Diet Help With Alzheimer’s?

Published on November 20, 2013,

Following a reader question, Dr Mehmet Oz And Dr Mike Roizen, writing in their column, address the issue of diet and Alheimer’s Disease, looking especially at the role of carbs. This is from the SF Examiner…

Dr. Öz at ServiceNation 2008

Dr. Öz (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Q: Some people say that a diet extremely low in carbs and high in protein and fat can prevent Alzheimer’s disease. What is your opinion of this type of diet for brain health, and for general health, too? — Terry Z., Boston

A: That’s an important question, and we’ll help you get a clear picture of the healthiest diet choices to make.

First, most North Americans eat lots of processed carbs that are stripped bare of their nutrients, and that fuels obesity and unhealthy glucose levels. High levels are linked to Alzheimer’s.

Also, these foods often are fried or combined with trans fats and added sugars, guaranteeing they’ll damage your brain and overall health. So, low-carb? For THOSE carbs, we’d say low isn’t good enough. Banish them completely!…

The doctors go on to make less favorable comments about eating red meat and saturated fat – especially processed meats – before concluding…

But wait! You can’t just eat your way to lifelong good health. You also need to walk 10,000 steps (or the equivalent) daily, and get 30 minutes of strength training two to three days a week. Then you’ll have a healthy life, good brain power and a younger RealAge.

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