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New Discoveries In The Correlation Between Food and Alzheimer’s

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on Apr 30, 2018 8:00:00 AM

The nutritional habits of people often have an impact on one’s entire well-being. In recent years, there have been more and more discoveries and information released regarding nutrition, food and the effects the two have on the human body. Much of the newfound information is pretty straightforward and things for which most people are aware. For example, too much sugar or carbohydrates can lead to serious health issues like diabetes. Although, some modern knowledge that has come to light in recent years is less well known but is very important. Recent studies are finding links between food and nutritional ingredients and other diseases, apart from diabetes, heart disease, and those more common ones.

Specifically, a new study just published finds a link between food and Alzheimer’s. This study indicates that consuming sugar and high carbohydrate foods can be one of the major factors of who will get Alzheimer’s and who doesn’t. While previous experiments have found one is more likely to get dementia if you have higher blood pressure throughout the day. Researchers took this one step further and they wanted to determine how the high blood sugar was causing Alzheimer’s disease.

On an experiment with a group of mice, the researchers simulated the mice to be equivalent to a person with genetics that carry Alzheimer’s. Additionally, they pumped the mice with significant carbohydrates to raise their blood sugars. The results of the experiment proved that each time a high carb spike occurred, they saw a spike of the chemical that causes the destruction of brain cells that leads to Alzheimer’s. In fact, in older mice this spike was even greater. Essentially, not only will high carbohydrate meals increase the chance of an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, but it can also worsen the disease from those who already have it.

We recently discussed other Alzheimer’s prevention tactics, but this new discovery is another factor to consider. Living a healthy lifestyle and consuming nutritious foods should be a priority for everyone and can be a good way to reduce risk of memory related illnesses. Minimizing meals and food choices that are high in carbs and getting regular exercise are great methods to improve your general health and lower your Alzheimer’s and dementia risk.

If you or a loved one, parent, or spouse is in need of professional help with Alzheimer’s, dementia, or aging in general, call Harmony Home Care at 916-933-9777 or visit our website. Our professionals are more than happy to serve those in need of caregiving assistance in Sacramento, El Dorado, Placerville, and Yolo areas. For daily tips, advice, and news, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google Plus.

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