Dementia describes a set of diseases in which patients experience deteriorating brain function. There is no cure for dementia but increasing research suggests avoiding certain risk factors can help avoid this top ten killer disease.
Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia.
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The common signs and symptoms of dementia are:
- Increasing difficulty with memory, cognition, and everyday tasks
- Loss of focus and attention span
- Loss of language skills
- Decreased visual perception
- A loss in problem-solving skills
- Impaired reasoning and judgment
Some possible causes of dementia are:
• abnormal ‘tau’ proteins in the brain
(Tau is a protein that stabilizes the skeleton of nerve cells in the brain)
• Inflammation — from poor sleep, diet, exercise, and stressful lifestyle
• Long-term depression that goes untreated
• Insulin resistance in the brain
Alzheimer’s and Dementia 1
Alzheimer's disease is a type of dementia that affects the brain. It causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. The changes in the brain happen 20 years before you are diagnosed, but you might not notice the changes until they gradually get worse over time. Alzheimer's disease is not just a part of getting older.
The early signs of Alzheimer's can be hard to spot. There are only a few symptoms in the early stages, so you need to be careful. People who are at risk for Alzheimer's need to look out for these signs.
People who are at risk for developing Alzheimer's disease need to be careful and have a healthy lifestyle. This includes people who have cardiac problems and heart disease due to atherosclerosis, as well as those who are obese.
Alzheimer's Disease usually starts with very mild cognitive decline. This means that people will experience symptoms like memory lapses, forgetting familiar words or where they put everyday objects.
At first, mild cognitive decline only causes issues in memory or concentration. For example, somebody might have trouble recalling names and forget things more often. They may also have increased difficulty planning or organizing their thoughts.
Depression can disguise the early symptoms of Alzheimer's. It is vital to screen for mental health problems on a regular basis to detect dementia disease before it gets worse.
Alzheimer’s Sleep Research 2
New research suggests that time spent in bed and nighttime may influence dementia risk. Alzheimer's disease, a common type of dementia, is one of the top ten leading causes of death in the United States.
More than eight hours indicates poor sleep quality with underlying factors and six or less hours a night throughout your forties and fifties increases the risk, according to two new large-scale studies.
Ideal sleep times coincide with circadian (daylight / hormone) cycles.
Every hour outside of 10 pm to 5 am increases the risk by as much as 25%.
The studies suggest that stress management throughout the day and prioritizing the 10 pm to 5 am quality sleep time, not bedtime is critical to reducing dementia risks.
A tell-tale symptom of dementia is memory loss. However, what many people do not know is that quality sleep is key for memory retention at any stage of life.
The hippocampus is where short-term memory is initially saved when it enters the brain. It is commonly thought to be a control center substation of emotion, memory, and the autonomic (life support) nervous system.
During deep sleep, data from the hippocampus is passed up to the cortex, the problem-solving part of the brain, where can integrate into long-term memories.
Sleep is important for our brain health because it helps clear out harmful toxins that can impact memory over time.
Daily brain activity produces metabolic wastes that can cause inflammation. The brain can recover and remove waste products more efficiently during deep sleep. Without quality sleep, the accumulation of poisons causes stress in the brain, preventing it from retaining information.
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Dementia Exercise 3
Regular exercise may provide numerous advantages via several pathways that might, in turn, aid in the prevention and progression of Alzheimer's disease.
Regular exercise has long been recognized to be beneficial to overall health and, according to new findings, may also protect against dementia.
That’s good news for individuals who find it difficult to fit exercise into their busy lives, the new study suggests that walking around 4,000 steps each day can cut dementia risk by 25%.
And according to the research recently published in
JAMA Neurology, 4
Just increasing the number of steps taken by a person each day to around 10,000 can reduce their dementia risk by up to 50%.
Another large study, of almost
650,000 military veterans revealed 5
That being physically fit and exercising regularly can help reduce the risk of dementia by up to 33%.
Stress Management and Dementia 6
One of the most common problems in dementia patients is dysregulation of the HPA axis. (Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Adrenal stress reaction)
This results in increased levels of cortisol, which can have a major impact on the disease process.
Cortisol is a stress hormone that is released by the adrenal glands in response to stress. It has many functions, including helping to regulate blood sugar levels and blood pressure.
In addition, cortisol can also affect memory and learning. When levels of cortisol are too high, it can interfere with these processes and contribute to cognitive decline.
Lifestyle changes such as stress reduction techniques may also be helpful.
Chiropractic Advanced Imaging Brain Scan Research 7
The results of this 2011 study suggest that Specific Chiropractic Adjustment (no twist or crack) affects regional cerebral glucose metabolism related to sympathetic relaxation and pain reduction.
In particular, the results showed that after receiving Specific Chiropractic Adjustment there was a decrease in metabolism in the areas of the brain responsible for processing pain and stress signals. This suggests that specific chiropractic care may be an effective treatment for reducing pain by affecting the way the brain processes stress and pain signals.
These findings are important because they suggest that specific chiropractic care may be able to provide relief for people suffering from chronic conditions. If further research confirms these findings, it could lead to more widespread use of specific chiropractic care for treating chronic pain and stress related illness like dementia.
Specific Spinal Adjustment and the Stress Reaction 8
The Specific Spinal Adjustment is a type of manual therapy that involves using the hands to gently mobilize individual joints in the spine. Without any of the twisting or cracking that scares most people away from chiropractic treatment.
The Specific Spinal Adjustment has been shown to be effective for treating various conditions, such as back pain, neck pain, and headaches.
One of the mechanisms by which Specific Spinal Adjustment may work is by reducing sympathetic nerve activity.
Sympathetic nerve activity is part of the autonomic nervous system and is responsible for regulating many of the body's functions, such as heart rate and blood pressure.
When sympathetic activity is reduced, it can lead to a state of physiological relaxation. This may explain why people who receive Specific Spinal Adjustment often report feeling more relaxed after their treatment.
In addition to its relaxant effects, Specific Spinal Adjustment has also been shown to improve pain, range of motion, and function in people with various conditions.
The autonomic nervous system is responsible for many of the body's functions, such as heart rate and blood pressure.
This may explain why people who receive Specific Spinal Adjustment often report feeling more relaxed after their treatment.
Dementia Diet 9
Studies show that cognitive function is related to the levels of certain blood metabolites. These metabolites are the products of human metabolism.
Blood metabolite levels are different for different people, based on things like health, genetics, and environment. This means that levels can be different for people of different ethnicities or races.
There was a study that recently found blood metabolites that are related to cognitive function in different ethnic/racial groups.
The study's findings suggest that the food we eat could potentially affect the levels of these metabolites and our cognitive performance. This highlights the importance of having a healthy diet.
New technology has made it possible to study many metabolites at the same time. Scientists have learned that levels of certain metabolites in the blood are associated with cognitive function and dementia.
Studying the metabolites associated with cognitive function can help researchers understand how dementia develops. In addition, it could be possible to use these biomarkers as indicators of cognitive function.
The levels of metabolites in your body are influenced by several things, including: your genetics, your health status, the environment you live in, and your diet. This can vary a lot depending on your ethnicity or race.
Brain function food answers found written in blood
The researchers also looked at how the food people ate related to the blood metabolites in their bodies. They found that if people ate foods like legumes, fruits, vegetables, meat, and fish as part of a Mediterranean diet, their blood had different metabolites than people who didn't follow the diet.
Some scientists theorize that diets rich in pro-inflammatory foods could potentially worsen brain function. It's critical to remember that a variety of external factors can influence both eating habits and mental well-being.
Various aspects can lead to mental health conditions, including biological factors (e.g., heredity, past experiences, and family history). Mental health can also be impacted by one's socioeconomic status or ability to obtain healthy food.
In turn, mental health can have an impact on eating habits. When feeling angry or upset, it is not uncommon to resort to less healthy meals such as sweets or highly processed snack foods.
How brain and pain medications can affect weight
In some cases, antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications can have the opposite effect of what is intended; they may cause weight gain due to an increase in cravings for fats and sweets.
Because the brain needs fats and sugars, but some medications make the brain feel like it’s starving. This makes it even more difficult for people who are struggling with mental health to maintain a healthy diet.
The importance of nutrition in health may be new in America, but it has been a staple of good health for many cultures and civilizations across the globe for thousands of years. A healthy diet and regular consumption of nutritious foods helps to prevent disease and manage existing conditions; however, this method has come under scrutiny by some.
Foods to Try This Not That
A diet high in added sugars, saturated and trans fats, and salt excess has been linked to chronic inflammation, which is an underlying risk factor for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, poor gut health, and other chronic illnesses.
Smarter food choices have the potential to reduce risk factors, such as inflammation, high cholesterol, poor sleep, and elevated blood pressure. Studies also suggest that the antioxidants found in some vegetables and fruits naturally, may improve liver disease. The World Health Organization also believes that nutritional status is linked to immune health.
And all nerves, head to toe need certain nutrients to heal and work properly. These functional nutrient levels are not considered in standard deficiency tests or recommendations. Those tests, as valuable as they are, focus on disease not health.
Our Neuro Support formula gives nerves, especially in the brain, essential nutrition to get better.
New Diet? 10
The 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends a diet based on nutrient-rich foods and beverages. Hybridization of diets like the Mediterranean Diet and DASH dietary approach to stop hypertension can serve as good guidelines.
And of course, too much sugar, salt, saturated fats, and alcohol are known to contribute to chronic diseases. Chronic diseases have become increasingly prevalent worldwide, with their associated health-care expenses.
In 2010, an estimated 86% of healthcare costs in the U.S were due to treating patients with chronic diseases—amounting to over $400 billion. The cause of chronic diseases can be difficult to isolate and may also be due to factors such as genetics, exposure to harmful chemicals and mentally or emotionally toxic relationships at work and in the home.
While nutrition may help to manage symptoms and slow disease progression in some conditions, it must not be utilized as a single therapy. It is possible that customized diet plans may help lower healthcare costs by avoiding some of the known causes of chronic diseases.
The MIND Diet 11
The MIND diet is a combination of the Mediterranean diet and the DASH diet. This diet focuses on brain health. The MIND diet was published in 2015 by Dr. Martha Clare Morris in the journal Alzheimer's and Dementia. According to the research, eating certain foods and avoiding others on this diet slows brain aging by 7.5 years and lessens the risk of cognitive decline and dementia, including Alzheimer's disease.
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Dr. Thomas Polucki, DC has served as Medical Director to over 300 Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioners for the past decade. And is a regular featured speaker on The Senior Hour on KHTS radio.
4 https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamaneurology/fullarticle/2795819#:~:text=Conclusions%20and%20Relevance%20In%20this, a%20lower%20risk%20of%20dementia
10 https://www.dietaryguidelines.gov/sites/default/files/2020 12/Dietary_Guidelines_for_Americans_2020-2025.pdf