Early-Onset Hypertension, and Risk of Dementia

Objective: To evaluate the association of early-adulthood and mid-adulthood hypertension with dementia in men and women. Methods: We evaluated 5,646 members of a diverse integrated health care delivery system who had clinical examinations and health survey data from 1964 to 1973 (mean age 32.7 years; early adulthood) and 1978–1985 (mean age 44.3 years; mid-adulthood) and were members […]

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Why fasting bolsters brain power

Mark Mattson is the current Chief of the Laboratory of Neurosciences at the National Institute on Aging. He is also a professor of Neuroscience at The Johns Hopkins University. Mattson is one of the foremost researchers in the area of cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, and amyotrophic […]

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Low-Carbohydrate Diet Superior to Antipsychotic Medications

Dr. Palmer described the experiences of two adults in his practice with schizoaffective disorder who had tried a ketogenic diet. Whereas schizophrenia is characterized primarily by psychotic symptoms, people with schizoaffective disorder have to cope not only with psychosis but also with overlapping periods of severe mood symptoms. Signs of psychosis include paranoia, auditory hallucinations, visual hallucinations, intrusive thoughts/images, and/or […]

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Metformin Use Linked to Increased Dementia, Parkinson’s Risk in Patients With Diabetes

Long-term use of the diabetes medication metformin may increase the risk for neurodegenerative disease in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), new research suggests. In a cohort study that followed about 9300 patients with T2DM in Taiwan for up to 12 years, the risk for Parkinson’s disease (PD) or Alzheimer’s dementia was more than […]

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The Central Role of Dietary Fat in Forging the Human Brain

There has been a great deal of speculation concerning the dramatic and rapid rate of encephalization of the human brain over the course of our hominin evolution. Our closest primate relative, the chimpanzee has a brain volume of only about 275–500 cm3; only the chimpanzee’s brain hasn’t really changed at all in 7 million years. […]

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‘Metabolic Syndrome’ in Your Brain

  Study provides novel evidence for the effects of metabolic dysfunctions on brain function using the rat model of metabolic syndrome induced by high fructose intake. Study describes that the deleterious consequences of unhealthy dietary habits can be partially counteracted by dietary supplementation of n-3 fatty acid. High sugar consumption impaired cognitive abilities and disrupted insulin […]

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Long-term Impact of Weight Loss Intervention on Changes in Cognitive Function

Diabetes adversely impacts cognition. Lifestyle change can improve diabetes control and potentially improve cognition. We examined whether weight loss through reduced caloric intake and increased physical activity was associated with slower cognitive aging in older adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Methods The Look AHEAD randomized controlled clinical trial delivered 10 years of intensive lifestyle […]

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Sugar Is Public Enemy Number One

Dr Aseem Malhotra is no doubt leading the global anti-sugar campaign. In this video he describes why he believes that ‘Sugar is public enemy number one’. The Cape Times Sugar Free Breakfast in partnership with Harmony Addictions Clinic was held in Cape Town, South Africa with speakers Prof Tim Noakes, Dr Caryn Zinn and Karen […]

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Anti-Inflammatory Mechanism of Dieting and Fasting

Researchers have found that a compound produced by the body when dieting or fasting can block a part of the immune system involved in several inflammatory disorders such as type 2 diabetes, atherosclerosis, and Alzheimer’s disease. Source: ScienceDaily: Anti-inflammatory mechanism of dieting and fasting revealed In their study, published in the Feb. 16 online issue of Nature […]

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