Would you like to know how to prevent Alzheimers? There is no one answer. The disease and related causes are multifaceted. Likewise the steps to prevent it will be many.
By considering all of the evidence through scientific studies, you can get clues as to how you might be able to help prevent this from happening to you.
This is not a definitive answer. It is only to present the research and what could help.
How to prevent alzheimers or reduce alzheimers risk: start by following the science and play detective. Start with what causes Alzheimers?
One of the causes is believed to be genetic.
In Medical Hypotheses in 2004, in a paper High carbohydrate diets and Alzheimer's disease, it reviewed the a risk factor for AD as having one or more alleles of the epsilon-4 variant (E4) of the apolipoprotein E gene.
What was interesting is that in analyzing the research, E4 is found to be rare in people of agricultural background. It further suggested that consumption of a high carbohydrate diet may have selected against E4 carriers.
Further there is evidence that in some cases it is possible for the body to repair its DNA. Much like a computer rebooting, our DNA can fix the wrong programming.
Put it all together and one conclusion is that high carbohydrate diets may be one of the causes of AD through two mechanisms.
1) The chemical balance is thrown off. Lipid metabolism in the central nervous system inhibits some proteins from working properly.
2) Continually having exposure to insulin (such as when you have a high carbohydrate diet) speeds up the damage to the brain cells.
There is a wild card that was not considered by the study that we would also propose. Over 75% of people are chronically dehydrated. It is easier for a dehydrated cell to be damaged than a hydrated cell. Further, creation (or nature) abhors a vacuum. In the absence of properly hydrated cells, it is easy for the beta-amyloid clumps and fibrous tangles made up of tau protein to form.
Together, these could lead to AD according to the study and our hypothesis.
The hypothetical treatment is would be to change the diet. This would include decreasing dietary carbohydrates and increasing essential fatty acids (EFA). Only thing, we would not want to cut out sugar completely as some promote. Our brain needs sugar, but only the right kind. Likewise we would want to eat the right kind of fat.Contrary to what dieticians were saying just a few years ago, fat is good for brain health. But only the right kind of fat.
Note: Only make changes with the supervision of a doctor or nutritionist supervision. There still needs to be further research on this. This means that, as the study said, diet may..."effectively prevent AD."
This is only one study and only piece of the puzzle. Other studies show additional causes and preventative steps that can be taken.
J Pineal Res. 2009 has the paper: Protection against cognitive deficits and markers of neurodegeneration by long-term oral administration of melatonin in a transgenic model of Alzheimer disease.
It looked at long-term melatonin therapy as a primary or complementary strategy for abating the progression of Alzheimer disease.
Again, this is only one study. Previous studies with melatonin have found that the body eventually compensates. The alternative would be to use a cherry concentrate that was high in melatonin.
Basic Clin Pharmacol Toxicol. 2009
Effect of N-acetyl cysteine against aluminium-induced cognitive dysfunction and oxidative damage in rats.
This adds some other clues to the mix. For one, Aluminum appears to be a causative agent. To help with this, NAC or N-acetyl cysteine may be protective or even repariative.
Using N-acetyl cysteine continuously was found to significantly improve memory.
The study suggests that NAC may be neuroprotective against aluminium-induced cognitive dysfunction and oxidative damage. NAC is one of the supplements that helps the body make glutathione.
There is an obvious relationship with aging and increases of chronic diseases. Associated with the increase in chronic disease is an underlying inflammatory response.
The paper went on to say that treating patients with anti-inflammatory agents results in relief for a number of aging-associated diseases... (drum roll please) including Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease.
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The paper went on to say that this is an indication that "chronic inflammation may play a substantial role in the pathogenesis of these disease states."
As you consider this, remember the above study about carbohydrates....
Foods that Cause Inflammation
Although how it happens is unknown, damage by oxygen free radicals is a big part of the problem.
This is only the beginning of 'How to Prevent Alzheimers.' As we find more on the topic, it will be added here.
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