Can Carbohydrate Cause Alzheimer’s Disease?

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Can Carbohydrate Cause Alzheimer’s DiseaseTill some years back we had not heard of a disease called Alzheimer’s. But these days Alzeimer’s disease is a common name in so many house holds in US and the echo of it is being heard in India too.Alzheimer's Disease And The Carbohydrate 

Some time back while writing a story about a woman suffering from Alzheimer’s disease I was researching about the disease when I came across a wonderful article by Dr. Mercola, who talked about the link between this incurable disease and carbohydrates.

Can Carbohydrate Cause Alzheimer’s Disease?

According to Dr Mercola, Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. as the fatal and progressive condition of this disease destroys brain cells, resulting in memory loss and severe thinking and behavioral problems like aggression, delusions, and hallucinations. Alzheimer’s is generally thought to strike without warning or reason.

The root cause of this disease is believed to be a mystery, but we can say for sure that it is like certain other diseases, like type 2 diabetes, which are connected to the foods you eat. Recently a  growing body of research suggests there may be a powerful connection between the foods you eat and your risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, in the similar way as type 2 diabetes. Some have even started calling Alzheimer’s as “type 3 diabetes.”

Dietary Factors and Dementia

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Faulty insulin and leptin, which is thought to be caused by a high carb, non-fiber diet. This diet is considered to be the reason for insulin resistance, leading to type 2 diabetes. However, while insulin is usually associated with its role in keeping your blood sugar levels in a healthy range, it also plays a role in brain signaling. According to Dr Mercola in a 2012 animal study, researchers were able to induce dementia by disrupting the proper signaling of insulin in the brain.

Well, so Dr Mercola proves here that your diet plays a tremendous part in Alzheimer’s, and the low-fat diet craze may have caused more havoc than anyone could ever have imagined. As according to him Low Calorie Diet is the worst recommendation possible, as it limits the nutrient, you and your brain, need the most in your diet and that is basically fats. In USA one in eight people aged 65 and over are living with Alzheimer’s disease and in the next 20 years it is believed that Alzheimer’s will affect one in four Americans taking over obesity and diabetes.

Carbohydrates Can Activate Disease Processes

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According to Dr Mercola, Dr. Ron Rosedale, a prominent expert in the low-carb, high-quality fat approach to improving your health, was the first person to advocate both a moderate protein , high fat and low-carb diet. Here it is important to understand the difference between a high-fat, low-carb diet is very different than a high-protein, low-carb diet. Not all low-carb diets are the same. So it would make sense that the majority of your diet should be comprised of good fats, followed by good proteins like whey protein concentrate eggs and chicken, and fish like wild caught salmon.

Your healthiest option is to ensure your carbs come primarily from fresh, organic vegetables, high-quality protein, and eat primary a high fat diet. Depending on the type of carbs (high fiber or not), most people need anywhere between 50-75 percent fat in their diet and sometimes even higher for optimal health.

Intermittent Fasting for brain boost

In the same article Dr Mercola mentions that recent research has shown that intermittent fasting triggers various health-promoting hormonal and metabolic changes including reduced age-related brain shrinkage. the effects of it happens to be like those from exercise. Intermittent fasting could help protect your brain against degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Alzheimer’s the ‘Brain Diabetes’

Alzheimer's Disease And CarbohydrateThe research emphasizes the need to dramatically cut down on the sugars in your diet. As you over-indulge on sugar and grains, brain becomes overwhelmed by the consistently high levels of sugar and insulin and eventually shuts down its insulin signaling, leading to impairments in your thinking and memory abilities, and eventually causing permanent brain damage. Even fructose is damaging as consuming more than 25 grams of fructose regularly will dramatically increase your risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

That research article by Dr Mercola was a very detailed one which mentioned various tips for avoiding Alzheimer’s disease, but his main emphasis was on a low carb way of eating.

Do you think Carbohydrate Cause Alzheimer’s Disease?

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