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Diet, inflammation and Alzheimer's
Posted: Friday, August 26, 2016 6:12 PM
Joined: 3/25/2015
Posts: 1140

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."

Posted: Tuesday, April 4, 2017 1:33 PM
Joined: 3/3/2017
Posts: 174

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.


Posted: Tuesday, July 4, 2017 11:00 PM
Joined: 7/4/2017
Posts: 1

Is anyone familiar with the ketogenic diet and the progression of dementia, including Alzheimer's?
Keep It 100
Posted: Monday, July 10, 2017 8:44 PM
Joined: 2/26/2017
Posts: 586

Francedanamo wrote:
Is anyone familiar with the ketogenic diet and the progression of dementia, including Alzheimer's?


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:



Posted: Thursday, July 13, 2017 4:25 PM
Joined: 7/13/2017
Posts: 1

Re diets.  Be careful you are not getting sucked in by some shill.  There are merits to the many diets out there for various needs--athletes, children, elderly, diabetics, cancer patients and so forth.  I keep seeing over and over various diets being touted basically as wonder treatments, promising to flood your body with "good stuff".  I am left to wonder if many such consumers of these fad diets are familiar with their grocery store's produce aisles or local farmer's market.  Everything you need for a healthy diet to meet your needs are in the store.  We all know that too much soda is not good for us, that eating a couple pounds of bacon a week probably isn't a great idea and that we should load up on fresh veggies, nuts and fruits.  The fact that many of these diets are being shilled as guaranteed prevention or having "astounding results!"  These so called 'medical foods' are labeled and marketed as such because they failed to show a conclusive link between claim and result.  'Medical food' is sort of like a participation ribbon.  Best of luck.
Posted: Monday, July 24, 2017 1:28 AM
Joined: 7/22/2017
Posts: 11

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

Jo C.
Posted: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 12:30 PM
Joined: 12/9/2011
Posts: 13681

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.


Posted: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 6:46 PM
Joined: 7/25/2017
Posts: 1

I've recently been diagnosed with vascular dementia, which my mother has as well.  I'm assuming that diet has an effect on this condition as well.  I'm just beginning to research what I have to do to extend the life of my clear thinking.  My mother is really far advanced and after spending time with her, I become frightened for my own health.
Posted: Saturday, July 29, 2017 9:11 AM
Joined: 5/20/2014
Posts: 4408

Yes. Please do visit us on the young onset board. I do forget about this board a good deal of the time.Welcome baba and brdy!
Posted: Sunday, July 30, 2017 10:42 PM
Joined: 2/24/2016
Posts: 1096

Yes welcome baba and brdy!  Please do join us on EO.
Posted: Wednesday, August 30, 2017 6:08 PM
Joined: 7/7/2016
Posts: 74

My Hubby's Dr says diet has everything to do with vascular dementia.  Cloged arteries restrict blood flow to the brain. She recommended a book written by Dr Caldwell Esselstyn how to prevent and reverse heart disease.  Also Forks Over Knives. If you google it you will find recipes as well.  Hope this helps.
Mimi S.
Posted: Wednesday, August 30, 2017 6:20 PM
Joined: 11/29/2011
Posts: 7027

The Mediterranean  Diet sounds very similar.
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