It has become a global epidemic with over 30 million symptomatic individuals, and many more who are likely unaware they are in the decades long, pre-symptomatic phases. In the United States alone, over five million people suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and that’s projected to grow to 13 million patients by 2050.
Blood sugar and brain health are closely linked. Diets high in sugars and refined carbohydrates lead to leaky gut, obesity and inflammation – which all cause insulin resistance. Inflammation in the body from over-consuming sugars and starches creates a ‘pro-Alzheimer’s environment’ inside of your body. Insulin resistance is the main cause of Type 2 Diabetes and raises your risk of Alzheimer’s.There are many professionals, in fact, pushing to rename Alzheimer’s as Type 3 Diabetes.
Degenerative changes in your brain can begin decades before memory loss starts. Warning signs likes forgetfulness, slower thought & reaction times, balance issues, brain fog and depression can all be symptoms of early degeneration. Embracing preventative medicine in respect to the brain by balancing nutrition, hormones and vitamins with testing for metals inside the body helps you be proactive in reducing your risk for future health issues – including Alzheimer’s. As one specific example, the way Millennials treat their bodies now will drastically affect their brain health as they age.
While there are indeed genes that predispose someone to the development of Alzheimer’s, these genes are not determinate. Likewise, someone without the Alzheimer’s ‘risk genes’ is not immune to the condition. The food you put into your body changes the expression of your DNA over time. Diets full of healthy fats, organic fruits & vegetables, grass-fed protein, whole grains and superfoods keep your gut in balance, help your metabolic health – and can even delay cognitive decline.
Our environment is full of toxins, many of which have been determined to be dangerous neurotoxins linked to Parkinson’s Disease, Huntington’s Disease, Dementia and Alzheimer’s. Exposure to toxins like mercury, other metals, pesticides, Roundup and many others can contribute to a myriad of health and mental issues. Trying to detox your environment is one key to balancing your body and mind.
Here at Integrative Health Matters, we are passionate about preventing and treating Alzheimer’s by looking at the root cause of symptoms. By balancing our patients’ diets, hormones, stress, supplements, exercise & risk factors we believe we can improve overall health and quality of life in our community.