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I Have Alzheimer’s or Another Dementia
Diet, inflammation and Alzheimer's
I just read The Mediterranean Zone, Unleash the power of the world's healthiest diet for superior weight loss, health and longevity by Barry Sears, PhD.
He talks about inflammation being behind illness (including Alzheimer's, heart disease, cancer and more) and weight gain. "Hormones ultimately determine the turning on and off of inflammatory genes in the body. The good news is these key hormones can be controlled by your diet. The bad news is these key hormones can become unbalanced by your diet."
Dr. Sears has spent most of his research career looking at connections between diet and inflammation. Regarding Alzheimer's, he state that there is a coming "global tsunami of the most dreaded disease of aging, Alzheimer's disease." "It has been gathering strength for more than fifty years."
He states it begins with DIET INDUCED INFLAMMATION which leads to INCREASED OBESITY which leads to INCREASED DIABETES which leads to INCREASED ALZHEIMER'S.
Keeping the inflammation under control means constantly keeping the hormones (generated by the food we eat) within a zone that is not too high or too low.
I cannot summarize the content of a 202 page book (with 30 pages of references) here so suggest you read it yourself. Synopsis is that diet has a great deal to do with health, including Alzheimer's.
Zone diet in a nutshell:
Divide your plate into 3 equal sections; 1/3 is low fat protein. Next fill the other 2/3 with colorful carbohydrates, primarily non-starchy legs and small amount of fruits. Finally, add a dash of fat (monounsaturated low in omega-6 and saturated fats (olive oil, guacamole, or nuts).
The more WHITE you put on your plate (white bread, white pasta, white rice and white potatoes) the more inflammation you are creating in your body. Second, the more non-starchy legs you eat and the fewer grains and starches you eat (ideally none) the better the results in lowering inflammation. "Scientifically, it's called lowering the glycemic load of the meal."
I have also read about the connection between inflammation and Alzheimer's. My doctor routinely checks my inflammation levels, since it was a problem for me in the past. I have done well on a vegetarian, gluten and casein-free diet.
We are working towards this diet. We are close to following it; it has been hard with a lot of recent travel, but we are determined to make the changes and see what good comes of it. Not sure of its effects on the progression of the disease, but can't hurt.
Here is a great guide:
my sister took away sugars and starch from here. fish and veggies with some chicken and homemade bread. olive oil for cooking and coconut oil for bread. My insulin use stopped and weight is going down. 2hrs walking everyday
it is helping a lot because I feel better and stable now alzheimers might be type 3 diabetes of the brain and low sugar good fats diet does improve it
Hello Brdy64, good to see you over here.
Just an idea: The Young Onset forum is where most people with dementia talk to one another no matter when their onset of dementia was.
Do feel free to go to Young Onset too; you will make many new friends there as it is the busiest place for people who have dementia.
So glad to see you here and am glad to hear your diabetes is doing better.