Alzheimer’s disease is among the most common health problems seniors face, and it’s the 6th leading cause of senior deaths in the U.S.
As an age-related disease, it develops over a number of years. Typical symptoms include forgetfulness and disorientation, but newer research tells us that the internal, seemingly unrelated damage might be going on for decades before the cognitive decline becomes apparent.
The Link Between Diabetes And Alzheimer’s
In the U.S., high blood sugar is almost an epidemic; over 1/3 of American adults are currently pre-diabetic! New studies indicate a possible link between elevated blood sugar levels and memory loss. Here’s a simplified idea of how:
- The human brain has a mechanism to clean amyloid plaques that develop in it over the normal aging process. As long as a protein called insulin-degrading enzyme, or IDE, is working well, plaques are cleaned regularly.
- The same IDE also has a day job—of removing excess insulin from the body. If there is too much sugar in the blood, there is too much insulin, leading to overtime for the IDE. As a result, the efficiency of the brain-plaque clearing mechanism is sacrificed. Over time, this results in brain plaque and possibly Alzheimer’s.
- So anything you can do to keep your blood sugar in check early in life is helping you to stave off Alzheimer’s as well.
Chronic Infections And Alzheimer’s
Another smoking gun points to chronic infections. Long-standing and repeated infections lead to chronic inflammation in the body, which destroys healthy tissue.
Eating a balanced diet, exercising, and not smoking improve overall health and boost immunity. In addition, Curamed, a turmeric supplement, is known for its anti-inflammatory benefits and is increasingly being used to prevent Alzheimer’s.
Declining Hormone Levels And Alzheimer’s
Our hormone levels decline with age, and this could increase our risk of developing Alzheimer’s. Studies in male Alzheimer’s patients have shown that they often have lower-than-normal levels of testosterone. Post-age 40, you are your hormones, so test them with a good lab.
Pregnenolone is a supplement that naturally boosts the production of hormones like testosterone, progesterone, and estrogen, and it has the additional benefit of stimulating nerve growth.
Stay Active And Think Positive
The best strategy for an active and fulfilling old age is to keep your body and mind healthy and happy! Here are a few tips to get started. Keep the list growing!
- Eat a well balanced diet.
- Exercise—go for a walk, swim, or join a dance class or gym!
- Get enough rest, and sleep well.
- Like a drink? Go ahead… but in moderation.
- Don’t smoke.
- Keep yourself mentally active—read, write, meet your friends and family, volunteer for community service, travel, and do whatever it is you enjoy!