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A New Way of Looking at Alzheimer’s Disease Part 1

Since a high-stress lifestyle combined with a diet high in processed foods, sugar, and inflammatory industrial seed oils is the common denominator in a host of epidemic, chronic diseases that rarely occurred 100 years ago, it would stand to reason that diet and lifestyle might effect Alzheimer’s disease too.


    Well, it turns out that a very large body of evidence now suggests that Alzheimer’s is primarily a metabolic disease. Some scientists have gone so far as to rename it Diabetes type 3.
    “In the U.S. alone, 19 million people have now been diagnosed with [diabetes type 2], while a further 79 million are considered “prediabetic,” showing some of the early signs of insulin resistance. If Alzheimer’s and type 2 diabetes do share a similar mechanism, levels of dementia may follow a similar trajectory as these people age.”
    Can you imagine the ramifications: 19 million people (and growing) at very high risk for Alzheimer’s, and another 79 million (and growing) at high risk? Plenty of research still needs to be done, but it is looking like Alzheimer’s disease could be another catastrophic impact of the industrial processed food system — and the worst discovered thus far.
    If insulin resistance in the brain wasn’t bad enough, a study released in the March 1, 2012 issue of Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry found that high fructose corn syrup commonly contains small amounts of reactive alpha-dicarbonyl compounds which can react with proteins causing neurodegenerative disease, among other problems. Early studies found high intake of fructose was associated with high risk of dementia.
    You don’t have to have a sweet tooth to eat too much sugar. The average American consumes 22 teaspoons of added sugar a day (up to 70 pounds a year). This added sugar is hidden in things like yogurt, ketchup, crackers and low-fat microwave meals to make them taste more appealing.
    Then, when you add in the fact that the USDA wants us to eat eleven servings of grain-based carbohydrates a day (which is just converted into more sugar in your body), Americans are taking in massive amounts of sugar never seen before in human history.
    Diabetes, obesity, and heart disease are all emerging epidemics because of our national processed carbohydrate addiction. Alzheimer’s appears to be no different.
 
Gut health
    Mounting research continues to show links between the health of the gut and that of the brain. Now, a new study from Lund University in Sweden finds that unhealthy intestinal flora can accelerate the development of Alzheimer’s disease.
    The report, published February 8, 2017 in the journal Scientific Reports, demonstrates that mice with Alzheimer’s have a different gut bacterial profile than those that do not have the disease.
    The gut microbiome is highly responsive to dietary and lifestyle factors. This suggests that a gut-healthy diet may play a powerful role in preventing one of the most feared diseases in America.
    According to study author Dr. Frida Fak Hållenius,“Alzheimer’s is a preventable disease, and in the near future we will likely be able to give advice on what to eat to prevent it.”

Malnutrition
    According to new research in the journal Neurology, people who eat a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids (DHA and EPA in particular, which is found mostly in wild-caught seafood) and plenty of vitamins B-6, folate, B-12, biotin, zinc, C, D, and E have bigger brains and better cognitive function than those whose diets are unhealthier.
    The standard American diet that most of us eat is very low in all of these nutrients, especially zinc, B-vitamins, and omega-3 fats DHA and EPA, which are crucial for a healthy brain. Rather, the standard American diet is high in cheap industrial oils (like canola) that contain omega-6s which promote inflammation, including in the brain!
    In fact, a deficit in zinc (primarily found in high quality meat and eggs) can lead to a build up of copper in the body and brain. While copper is an essential micronutrient in very small amounts, when not properly balanced by sufficient dietary zinc, it can build up to toxic levels (Zinc is not stored by the body, and must be consumed every day).
    Most Americans do not get enough zinc at all, and they have too much copper in their systems already from copper water pipes, vitamin pills, medications, cheap processed foods, and other sources.
    Unfortunately, a zinc-poor diet can turn copper into a toxic contributor to a number of health conditions. In fact, copper toxicity is a major factor in depression and mental illness, including Alzheimer’s.

A paradigm shift in how we think about Alzheimer’s
    The idea that Alzheimer’s is preventable with diet and lifestyle change may not sound like anything new, but it is, reports Time Magazine.
    For years, studies have hinted at the right foods to eat to prevent Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline, but often these recommendations haven’t held up under further study or been replicated by other research. That’s because they tend to be based on observational studies where people self-report what they ate, which is notoriously unreliable data.
    The new research, conducted at Oregon Health and Science University, is different.
    It’s the first study of its kind to measure a variety of nutrient levels in the blood of elder adults and compare them to cognitive test results and MRI scans that measure the brain changes associated with Alzheimer’s disease. It was also the first study to look at combinations of nutrients, rather than just one isolated vitamin at a time.
    The bottom line: Those with healthy, nutrient-dense diets lower in sugar/carbohydrates had better mental function scores (including memory, attention tasks, visual skills, spatial skills, and language skills) than those who ate diets heavy in processed foods, packaged foods, fried foods, baked goods, and fast food.
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    For more information about how diet affects Alzheimer’s disease and the implication of these findings, pick up next month’s edition of Pastelle for part 2.



 

 

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