A-Z of health D – Dementia

Ok so I am back to being controversial – under dementia I am referring specifically to Alzheimer’s which is the most common form of dementia.  How is nutrition linked to the development of Alzheimer’s?

There is a new proposed term for Alzheimer’s – Type 3 Diabetes after scientific studies have pinpointed that insulin resistance can occur in the brain.

People that have insulin resistance, in particular those with type 2 diabetes have an increased risk of suffering from Alzheimer’s disease estimated to be between 50% and 65% higher.

Diabetes UK

The role of sugar and refined carbohydrates is well known and understood when it comes to metabolic disorders but should not be disregarded with neurological disorders.  A neurologist in America has been leading the way in lifestyle risk factors for the development of Alzheimer’s, in his studies and book ‘The end of Alzheimer’s’ he states: –

High insulin and high glucose are two of the most important risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr Dale Bredeson

There are further nutritional and lifestyle considerations including some startling evidence around the decline in the cognitive function of children and how a poor diet can lead to inflammation and neurodegeneration in the cerebral cortex and the hippocampus, two major parts of the brain responsible for memory. 

When it comes to this generation of children, they may well experience an accelerated cognitive decline usually seen around the age of 70-80 by the ages of 50-60.

When we consider we are already seeing an accelerated metabolic decline in today’s children with children as young as age 8 getting Type 2 Diabetes, is it surprising that they will also experience an accelerated cognitive decline?

I have said it before, children are not exempt from adult diseases we just do not expect to see it!

There are many studies into the nutritional links of cognitive decline and neurodegenerative diseases get in touch to see how I can help to support you and your family make the best nutritional choices today for your health tomorrow.

For more information on how I can support you to make any necessary lifestyle choices for your health today and in the future then please do drop me a line.  It is never too late to make a change and I am here to help. https://www.louisemercieca.co.uk

About the author of this blog: –

Louise Mercieca is a multi award-winning author on children’s nutrition with her book ‘How Food Shapes Your Child’ winning the Parenting award in Janey Lee Grace’s Platinum awards.

Speaking on Early Years Nutrition at an International Nanny Conference

Louise has also won a SBS / Small Business Sunday award from Theo Paphitis and was recently crowned as Queen of Child Nutrition in the #Queenof Twitter awards.

Louise has worked as a Nutritional Therapist for 8 years supporting hundreds of clients and does take on a limited number of personal coaching clients each month – contact Louise to discuss this.

Louise has also created an accessible and affordable webinar schedule covering many topics discussed in this A-Z post series. https://www.louisemercieca.co.uk/webinars

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