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Good News About Preventing Alzheimer’s

Updated: Jun 4

Good news about preventing Alzheimer's

June is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. It’s a time when we’re encouraged not only to raise awareness in support of those who’ve already been diagnosed but also a reminder to take charge of our own brain health. There's good news about preventing Alzheimer's. Contrary to what too many people believe, a decline in brain health is not an inevitable part of aging.

Brain health has a lot to do with things that are within your control.

A recent example comes from a story reported by CNN in May about a clinical trial run by preventive neurologist, Dr. Richard Isaacson. The story highlighted success in normalizing the brain of a 55-year-old participant who had biomarkers and signs of Alzheimer’s. Not only did he have heart disease, which has been linked to Alzheimer’s, but he had inherited specific Alzheimer’s genes from both parents which significantly increased his risk of developing the disease. After 14 months of preventive lifestyle changes recommended by Isaacson, including diet, exercise, reducing stress, and optimizing sleep, along with a few strategically chosen supplements and medications, the tests showed that his brain had normalized.

Among the dietary changes required as part of this trial, the patient had to follow a plant-based diet that included vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes/beans, and avoid sugar, artificial sweeteners, alcohol, and ultra-processed foods.

Good news about preventing Alzheimer's

Too many people believe that genes dictate your future. Many lifestyle factors determine whether or not certain genes are expressed or not. Surrendering to "bad genes" too easily removes personal responsibility and power from the arsenal of weapons available to fight many of the chronic health conditions that have become commonplace.

According to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, in addition to adopting a plant-based diet, the prescription for brain health also includes taking a B12 supplement to preserve nerve function, avoiding supplements with iron and copper unless directed by your physician, and choosing aluminum-free products including cookware and baking powder.

More tips from the Alzheimer’s Association include quitting smoking, protecting your head, maintaining a healthy weight, continuous learning, and managing high blood pressure and diabetes.

Isn't your brain too important to ignore? Take the upcoming Food for Life class and learn more about how to protect it and then cook along with power foods for the brain!

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