Discovering ways to prevent Alzheimer’s disease is a personal passion of mine.
The possibility of losing brain cognition is terrifying. Imagine being unable to recognize friends and family or recall your moments together, I’m sure it makes you deeply emotional as it does to me. Then there are the layers of repercussion to your independence and ability to support yourself.
Your brain runs everything in your life. Losing function in this valuable organ isolates you in ways people who haven’t experienced it cannot understand.
I envision being stranded on a deserted island with random sightings of familiar things along the horizon. As I said, it terrifies me.
Preserving brain health and preventing Alzheimer’s or other neurological diseases is crucial to you and everyone you know.
What is Alzheimer’s Disease?
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, “Alzheimer’s is a brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking, and reasoning skills. There are 10 warning signs and symptoms. Every individual may experience one or more of these signs in a different degree.”
The National Institute on Aging offers a harsher view. “Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, and eventually the ability to carry out the simplest tasks.”
To be honest, the more research I do about this disease, the more determined I am to protect the health of my brain.
Alzheimer’s is in the top ten causes of death – currently ranked number six. However, experts believe it should be in third place. Only heart disease and cancer claim more lives of older individuals.Alzheimer’s is in the top ten causes of death – currently ranked number six. #BrainHealthClick To Tweet
Approximately 5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s but this number is considered conservative. Alzheimer’s Disease International place the global number at 46.8 million. That equates to a new diagnosis every 3.2 seconds.
Every expert in the field expects the number to rise substantially in the following decades.
Alzheimer’s disease is currently ranked as the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, but recent estimates indicate that the disorder may rank third, just behind heart disease and cancer, as a cause of death for older people.
Following are the symptoms the Alzheimer’s Association explains may be experienced to different levels of severity with each patient. They recommend a visit to your doctor if you notice any of these signs occurring.
The sooner you identify this debilitating disease, the faster you can take steps to slow or prevent Alzheimer’s from robbing you of your quality of life.
10 Primary Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease
- Memory loss that disrupts daily life.
- Challenges in planning or solving problems.
- Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure.
- Confusion with time or place.
- Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships.
- New problems with words in speaking or writing.
- Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps.
- Decreased or poor judgment.
- Withdrawal from work or social activities.
- Changes in mood and personality.
Let’s talk about true prevention. What can you do to prevent this disease from gaining purchase in your brain? Can you make active changes right now to protect your cognition?
According to researchers with Mayo Clinic, the answer is yes. They released the findings of their study that determined individuals who consumed a diet high in carbohydrates had a risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) that was four times higher than participants who ate fewer carbs but consumed more healthy fats and proteins.
Rosebud Roberts, Mayo Clinic epidemiologist, was the lead author of the study that was published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. Dr. Roberts explained, “A high carbohydrate intake could be bad for you because carbohydrates impact your glucose and insulin metabolism. Sugar fuels the brain – so moderate intake is good. However, high levels of sugar may actually prevent the brain from using the sugar – similar to what we see with type 2 diabetes.”
You know how much I love to talk about healthy fats and the findings of the study assured me I’m on the right track in my own life to help prevent Alzheimer’s development. Participants in the study who had diets highest in healthy fat had a 42% lower risk of cognitive impairment. Those who consumed substantial amounts of protein had a 21% lower risk.
Further Steps to Take To Prevent Alzheimer’s
Currently, experts in the field of brain health agree that age is the primary risk factor for development of mild cognitive impairment or more serious diseases. Other risk factors include your personal family history and genetic markers that you can do nothing to prevent.
However, emerging research confirms that your diet and lifestyle choices have a direct impact on every cell in your body – including brain cells.Research confirms that your diet and lifestyle has a direct impact on every cell in your body.Click To Tweet
I strongly urge you to watch Awakening from Alzheimer’s: The Event to learn about some of the most cutting edge science emerging on the scene to deal with a disease that takes far too much from far too many.
Neurodegenerative diseases are an epidemic to mankind and it can feel hopeless. It doesn’t have to be. With researchers around the globe focused on this issue and actively searching for solutions – new findings are discovered every year.
Tune in and watch this fascinating series. You owe it to yourself to learn everything you can to prevent Alzheimer’s from stealing your mind or the mind of a loved one.