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The Startling Link Between Sugar and Alzheimer’s

Have you ever considered their might be a connection with the amount of sugar in your diet and your risk of Alzheimer’s Disease?

A high-carb diet, and the resulting high blood sugar, are associated with cognitive decline. In recent years, Alzheimer’s disease has occasionally referred to as “Type 3 Diabetes”, It’s increasingly looking like Alzheimer’s is another potential side effect of a sugary, Western-style diet.
A longitudinal study published Thursday in the journal Diabetologia, followed 5,189 people over 10 years and found that people with high blood sugar had a faster rate of cognitive decline than those with normal blood sugar—whether or not their blood-sugar level technically made them diabetic. In other words, the higher the blood sugar, the faster the cognitive decline.
There are several theories out there to explain the connection between high blood sugar and dementia.Here are some:
  1. Diabetes can weaken blood vessels, which increases the likelihood that you’ll have ministrokes in the brain, causing various forms of dementia.
  2. A high intake of simple sugars can make cells, including those in the brain, insulin resistant, which could cause the brain cells to die.
  3. Obese people releass cytokines, or inflammatory proteins, that can also contribute to cognitive deterioration
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What Is Genomic Testing?

Genomic testing is becoming more and more popular. Let’s look at what it is.

You are born with your genes, many of which contain small errors called SNPs (pronounced “snips”) that can predispose you to certain health conditions or affect how your body processes medications.

Unlike single gene mutations that cause inherited genetic diseases, gene SNPs don’t act alone; they can interact with one another, the environment, and a person’s dietary and lifestyle choices to create health or disease. While we can’t change our genes, we can change the environment we put them in and make healthier lifestyle choices. Therein lies the power of genomics.

Genomic testing identifies gene SNPs and then enables personalized evidenced-based health interventions.

One example is pharmacogenomics–a new branch of medicine that identifies gene SNPs and how they affect a person’s ability to metabolize a prescribed drug or over-the-counter medication. For a clinician or healthcare professional, genomic testing can help determine what medication(s) are most effective and have minimal risk of adverse effects. Each person can then get the right drug, at the correct dose, delivered at the right time.

Genomic testing can also guide individualized dietary and lifestyle strategies in the prevention and treatment of many common chronic diseases. The results of these tests can help tailor specific nutritional and lifestyle choices to improve health outcomes for individuals with a wide range of chronic illnesses—including obesity, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, osteoporosis and emotional disorders (e.g., depression, anxiety).

This branch of personalized medicine is nutritional genomics – also known as nutrigenomics – and focuses on how food and lifestyle can “talk” to a person’s genes. Genomic test results help a clinician recommend the right foods, the right amount of nutrients, and the right lifestyle choices to create a healthier food-gene conversation, and more efficiently manage, reduce, or even prevent disease.

These DNA-directed disease prevention and treatment strategies have created a revolution in healthcare– not only improving health outcomes but also saving healthcare resources for companies.

Vitality & Longevity: Secrets to A Thriving Life – PART 3 Foods Your Brain Will Love

BEWARE – Food is medicine, or it’s poison.

LONGEVITY SECRET # 3 – conditions including Alzheimer’s — and other forms of dementia — and also depression, attention deficit disorder, PTSD, even bipolar disorders, are all deeply influenced by the food we eat.

“The real weapons of mass destruction are highly processed, pesticide-sprayed, high-glycemic, low-fiber, food-like substances stored in plastic containers that are destroying the health of America.

Daniel G. Amen, MD

Foods Your Brain will Love

  1. Blueberries are “brain berries.” You want to get them organic or don’t eat them because blueberries hold pesticides more than most fruits.
  2. 80 percent plants — colorful plants.
  3. High-quality fats…  olive oil mixed in with some form of protein because fat and protein together help balance blood sugar. It could be organic tofu; it could be high protein plants like spinach and broccoli.
  4. Wide spectrum of fruits and veggies in order to cover all the bases. We have an overwhelming body of evidence that a healthy diet filled with unprocessed, low-glycemic foods like green, leafy vegetables dramatically improves blood flow, and also lowers our risk of heart disease — for inflammation, for obesity, and diabetes