Research is being conducted daily on ways to prevent, treat, reverse and cure neurodegenerative disorders, and Alzheimer’s disease is high on the list. Too many people know the devastation this illness causes to the individuals diagnosed and to their families.
As scientists and medical practitioners work to put an end to this disease, here are some tips that may not be known to most in an effort to help improve anyone’s current status.
A ketogenic diet causes the body to burn fat for energy versus carbohydrates. The body will either burn stored fat or the fat eaten in one’s diet. Ketogenic diets have been found to fight some types of cancer, helps with weight loss, but it is also being found to help with memory, cognition, and some neurodegenerative diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s Disease. Mary Newport, M.D. got a substantial improvement in symptoms for her husband who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s with a ketogenic diet. She has written several books on the topic. And the NIH , in a study done in 2014 titled “ Ketogenic Diet in Neuromuscular and Neurodegenerative Diseases” concluded that although there was only preliminary evidence, a ketogenic diet should be studied in more depth due to its encouraging prospective as a therapy for neuromuscular and neurodegenerative diseases.
INSULIN RESISTANCE AND ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE
Along the same theory and principles, researchers are labeling Alzheimer’s disease as Type 3 Diabetes, or Diabetes of the Brain. The consensus, once more by researchers and experts in the field conclude that insulin resistance and insulin abnormalities can contribute to manifestation of the pathophysiology of this disease. Therefore, doing what you can to prevent insulin resistance may be a primary health focus for anyone wishing to offset risk. You may wish to read the conclusion of the National Institute of Health on their findings on insulin resistance and insulin abnormalities as it relates to Alzheimer’s disease.
INFLAMMATION AND ALZHEIMER’S
Since the 1980’s various studies found hints that chronic inflammation may be a trigger or cause for Alzheimer’s disease. When patients with the disease had cerebrospinal fluid tested, they had elevations of specific pro-inflammatory markers. Anti-inflammatory approaches on Alzheimer mouse models showed that by reducing brain inflammation, amyloid-beta deposits decreased and cognition improved. Therefore, addressing chronic systemic inflammation, through toxin removal, chronic pathogen treatment, and an anti-inflammatory diet unique to the individual via food sensitivity testing would also be a major consideration for prevention or treatment if diagnosed.
As always, any changes in diet or use of any supplements, detoxifications, or any other treatment should be discussed with one’s healthcare team for guidance. But if a Ketogenic Diet, or better insulin management, or addressing chronic inflammation can help prevent onset, delay onset, reduce progression, or reverse disease, I feel it is most definitely worthwhile to consider.
Wishing you health, finding the help and support you and your loved ones need, and living your best life.