So how do we slow or stop brain disease like Alzheimer’s?
Exercise. This is undeniable, proven and accepted by all physicians.
Low blood sugar. Even mild elevations in blood sugar levels contribute to a huge increase in risk for dementia. And this is true even if you do NOT have diabetes or even pre-diabetes. Patients with Alzheimer’s have high blood sugar…does that tell you anything?
Sufficient fats. Our brains are 70% fat. Those cells need the fat that is carried in our blood. But we need to carry the good fat (the good HDL and the good LDL-that’s right! There are different molecules that make up each.)
I’m still reading this book: Grain Brain by David Perlmutter, MD.
Also reading The Great Cholesterol Myth-Why Lowering Your cholesterol Won’t Prevent Heart Disease by Jonny Bowden, PhD, C.N.S. and Stephen Sinatra, MD, F.A.C.C.
Their anatomy and physiology are right on. And they are both saying the same things.
Their summaries of the most recent as well as the less recent scientific studies on heart health and brain health (as I read and look them up) are factual.
We all eat too many carbs, particularly the simple kind like sugar, flour. It looks like we should totally cut out these carbs. Well, Maybe a little on Christmas.
We have tried to cut way back on fats in our diets when before 1900 fat was a staple of the diet and the brain diseases and heart diseases were pretty much unheard of. Sure, more disease occurs as we age and we are living longer. But there is really something in what these scientists say. We may be causing disease by the changes science has told us to make in our diets!
And if we follow the money…always follow where the profits are made..the huge industry is the statin industry and other drugs that are supposed to treat our diseases. Well, drugs are not always the answer. Sometimes it’s simpler to look back in our history to see what has changed in our lives since the lives of our great grandparents.
As an old RN, I can look back and see these things. We need to begin to think for ourselves. Become educated. You are responsible for your own body and health.
Become your own advocate!