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The best diet for Alzheimer’s disease
Hi, today is world health day. Doctors say diet cannot undo Alzheimer’s disease but the right diet may help brain health and slow memory loss.
A 2014 study at the University of Florence in Italy notes that nutrients in plant foods such as green tea, olive oil, red wine, spices, berries and herbs are associated with reducing diseases such as Alzheimer’s that are related to the clumping of proteins called amyloids.
Some research suggests that a low carbon hydrate diet may improve memory function as well as insulin resistance (a precursor to diabetes, when blood sugar has difficulty entering the cells) says Dr Richard Isaacson, the director of Alzheimer’s prevention clinic in New York. ‘What we’re funding in the studies is that not one dietary approach fits all says Isaacson. ‘You have to do multiple things at once.’
‘Switching to that diet when someone already has money loss may have positive effects in terms of memory function or biomarkers that indicate more optimal brain health.’ And cocoa rich in anti-oxidants may boost brain health as well. An 8 weeks study involving 90 elderly people with some memory loss in Italy, those who daily consumed the highest dose of cocoa powder containing the highest amount of antioxidants had improved memory and lower insulin resistance compared to those who drank cocoa with fever antioxidants. They also did better on assessing brain function and verbal skills.
The next step:
- Cut sugar and processed foods. Sugary and processed foods produce glucose, or blood sugar, which creates a by- product that may cause damage to brain neurons. A low carbon hydrate state may be more protective of the brain.
- After s study at the Cincinnati of 23 adults it was discovered that those who ate fewer carbohydrates had higher ketone levels and better memory function after six weeks. Don’t put your loved one on a low carb diet without consulting a doctor or nutritionist.
- Doctors recommended diets that include fruit, vegetables and fatty fish like Salmon, turkey and dark cocoa. They also recommend that the proportions of nutrients be 30 to 40 per cent carbohydrates, 25 per cent fat (only 7 per cent saturated) and 25 to 35 per cent lean protein.
- If the person is losing weight, give her anything she likes to eat. Add meal supplements like boost or ensure making sure they are cold, shaken and in a flavour they like. Doctors also suggest seeing a speech pathologist to ensure that they are swallowing normally.
- Offer plenty of fluids. Do not offer coffee, caffeine or sugary drinks. Instead offer sports drinks or vitamin water.
- Let them sit in the same seat at the same time each day, using the same plates and utensils. Do anything to make eating streamlined and uncomplicated. Don’t forget to take your loved one with Alzheimer’s to the doctor.