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A Secret To Living Long And Keeping All Your Marbles

Apr 10 2014, 6:03pm CDT | by

Can you prevent Alzheimer’s Disease?   Can you avoid being like 5.2 million older people across this country with dementia? As far as we know, no one thing can prevent this brain killing disease.  ...

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A Secret To Living Long And Keeping All Your Marbles

Apr 10 2014, 6:03pm CDT | by

Can you prevent Alzheimer’s Disease?   Can you avoid being like 5.2 million older people across this country with dementia?

As far as we know, no one thing can prevent this brain killing disease.  However, there is increasing evidence that a Mediterranean diet can protect us.  The recent Johns Hopkins Health Alert reports on two separate studies that suggest that this  kind of eating can protect against cognitive decline.

The first study, reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that emphasis on plant based foods, such as fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, grains, and fish with limited full-fat dairy and meat protected against cognitive impairment, particularly Alzheimer’s Disease.  The Alert reports that even people who adhered moderately to this kind of diet had protective effects from it.

The second study, reported in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry looked at a comparison of two groups of people in their 70s.  One group followed the Mediterranean diet and the other followed a low fat diet.

After six years, those who followed a Mediterranean diet scored significantly higher on standardized cognitive tests than those who followed the low-fat diet. Those who scored higher were also less likely to develop mild cognitive impairment or dementia.
These two studies are not the first to suggest that a plant based diet with limited red meat, limited animal fat and lots of fruits and vegetables can ward off Alzheimer’s Disease or other dementias.  Yet, Americans keep eating lots of red meat, full fat dairy products, and not enough fish.  And as a society, we consume far fewer than recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables./>

Alzheimer’s Disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S.  There are now multiple studies that show the same results as those recently reported in the latest Health Alert from Johns Hopkins. If you notice what studies show about how to prevent the other biggest killers in our country, such as heart disease, stroke and cancer, they say almost exactly the same thing:  eat a lot of fruits and veggies, little meat, more fish and stick to plant sources of fat, such as nuts and olive oil  instead of animal fat.  it’s all the same: prevent one and you presumably help prevent multiple risks of getting sick or dying too young.

Are we, as Americans eating a fast food laden, fried food heavy, unhealthy diet because we don’t know what’s good for us? Certainly not!  We hear this same information all the time about how to prevent disease and live longer. We know what’s good for us.  We’re maybe just too unwilling to change.

So here’s the challenge.

Do you know anyone who has dementia? Do you have an aging parent with dementia ?  Do you want to be like that, a burden to your loved ones?  If not, make a promise to yourself. Start small. Change one thing in your daily eating habits by taking out something that is not good for you. (Soda?  A serving of red meat? Fries?)  And add in one good thing ( an apple, an orange a green salad) every day.  It’s a start.  Maybe you’ll progress to more than one if you set your mind to it.

As for me, I live in Marin County, California, with the longest lived women in the U.S. and the fifth longest lived men.  We’re loaded with fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain foods (gluten free for the believers, too) and fresh fish aplenty, as we’re just north of San Francisco,on the Bay.  Around here it’s easier to eat properly because so many choices are available for the right stuff.  If you aren’t so lucky, you can still do it. It just takes more work. At AgingParents.com we’re strong advocates for healthy aging , as we see too much in our clients’ parents of what unhealthy aging looks like. To me, the prospect of living long without dementia is worth the work.

Think about how your food choices now affect your chances down the road.  Healthy aging or too rapid decline? Change for the better, one step at a time. And may you live a long and healthy life with all your marbles.

Until next time,
Carolyn Rosenblatt
AgingParents.com />/>

 
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Jun 9 2014 7:54am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: About RM47 million of contributions in the Teachers Provident Fund (KWSG) still remain unclaimed, the Dewan R ...
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Gold shop lost almost RM1mil

Jun 9 2014 3:50am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

KANGAR: A gold shop owner lost almost RM1 million after after the safe on in his shop was broken into by ro ...
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Motion to debate MAS losses in Dewan Rakyat rejected

Jun 9 2014 3:39am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: AN emergency motion to debate the losses incurred by Malaysia Airlines last year, amounting to RM1.2 billion was rejected by the Dewan Rakyat ...
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7 weeks ago

MH370 Tragedy: Hisham: RM27.6 mil spent on 1st phase of SAR

Jun 9 2014 2:11am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia spent some RM27.6 million in its first phase of the search operations for missing Malaysia Airline flight MH370, said Acting Transport Minister, Datuk Seri Hishammuddi ...
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7 weeks ago

9.1m litres of diesel seized in a month

Jun 8 2014 1:11am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

PUTRAJAYA: The Domestic Trade, Cooperatives, and Consumerism ministry has seized some 9.1 million litres of diesel and property worth RM58 million since mounting ‘Operasi Diesel Selatan’ in the southe ...
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7 weeks ago

Girl, 9, awarded RM2.78m compensation for medical negligence

Jun 6 2014 4:56am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: A nine-year-old girl who suffered brain damage during her birth at a government hospital was awarded over RM2.78 million in co ...
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7 weeks ago

Malaysia's total trade in April up 12pc

Jun 5 2014 11:52pm CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's total trade in April 2014 rose by 12 per cent from a year ago to RM123.86 billion due to growing trading activities, International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Moh ...
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Works Ministry to spend RM20m for upgrading works at 50 accident black spots

Jun 4 2014 11:35pm CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

JOHOR BARU: The Works Ministry will implement upgrading works at 50 accident prone locations in the country that have been identified this year involving an a ...
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Najib launches loan scheme for Ramadan traders

Jun 4 2014 10:24pm CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today launches RM45 million Ramadan ...
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7 weeks ago

Residents bring up objection against Kidex to Suhakam

Jun 4 2014 4:49am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

PETALING JAYA: A group of 20 Petaling Jaya residents held a meeting with the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) over their objection against the proposed RM2.2 billion Kinrara Damansara S ...
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