A study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease shows that senior citizens who consumed high carbohydrate diets were more likely to suffer from (MCI) mild cognitive impairment.
More than 1200 people between the ages of 70 and 89 years of age were asked by Mayo Clinic researchers to provide information regarding their eating habits. Out of the group of 1200 only the 940 that displayed no evidence of MCI were asked to participate in the research.
Within four years’ time 200 of the 940 participants began to show signs of MCI, memory issues, speaking, judgment and thinking. While not all patients suffering from MCI progress to Alzheimer’s, many do.
The research uncovered the following facts:
The group that had the highest level of protein in their diets reduced their risk of MCI by 21%, the group that had the highest level of healthy fats such as those found in fish, nuts etc… reduced their risk of MCI by 42%.
Researchers theorize that high glucose levels in the brain may negatively affect brain health by damaging blood vessels though the development of plaques.
There are several diets that prescribe a low carbohydrate lifestyle such as the HCG diet and the Atkins diet and of course vitamin b12 is known to metabolize glucose which can aid in Alzheimer’s prevention.
Alzheimer’s disease has no cure and typically affects people over 65 years of age. According to the center for disease control (CDC) Alzheimer’s is the 5th highest cause of death for those over 65. The CDC estimates that more than 5 million people suffer from this condition and that the number may exceed 16 million by 2050. Costs to treat Alzheimer’s disease surpassed $130 billion in 2011.
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