Alzheimers

Apples and Alzheimer’s Prevention

When I happened upon the recent research about apples and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), I became curious about whether apples have health benefits Alzheimer’s prevention or treatment. My preliminary Internet search revealed comments on the relationship between apples and Alzheimer’s…

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Alzheimer's Disease Touches All of Us

…behavior change. Though many of us may not have heard of it until just a few decades ago, Alzheimer's disease was first understood back in 1906 by German physician Alois Alzheimer, MD. At a medical conference, Alzheimer presented a case history of a woman who was only 51 years old, but suffered from a rare…

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Could Alzheimer's Begin in Your Mid-40s?

We tend to think of memory loss as something that happens in our 70s and 80s, but a new study shows memory loss can begin as early as age 45. This new study, which was published in the British Medical Journal, studied 7,000 adults in London between the ages of 45 and 70. As they expected, they…

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Folic Acid for Dementia & Alzheimer’s Prevention

We know how devastating Alzheimer’s disease can be. It robs people of their cognitive powers, their spirit, dignity, freedom and, ultimately, their life. And it puts great strain on those loved ones who care for them. But, I’ve learned through my patients afflicted with Alzheimer’s that there…

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High HDL Levels Reduce Risk of Alzheimer's Disease

New research emphasizes that what is good for the heart IS good for the brain. For years, we’ve understood that having high blood levels of “good cholesterol”—HDL or high density lipoprotein cholesterol—lowers your risk of developing heart disease. Now, a December 2010 research…

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Prevent Cardiovascular Problems AND Alzheimers with CoQ10

…were observed in the hippocampus and cerebral cortex of the [chemically-induced] rats.” In layman’s terms, this means that the rats exhibiting Alzheimer-like dementia also had decreased levels of ATP (which generates cellular energy), and amazingly, the rats that had CoQ10 on board were significantly…

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Does Healthy Cholesterol Really Lower Risk of Dementia?

Earlier this week, a new study by Kaiser Permanente reported an association between high cholesterol levels and increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Researchers followed close to 10,000 people for 40 years and found that people who had high or borderline high cholesterol levels at…

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Vascular Dementia Can Happen to Anyone

September is World Alzheimer’s Month. It’s also the month it became time for my mother-in-law Peg to move into an extended care facility (ECF) due to her vascular dementia (VaD). So, what is VaD? While it’s often mistaken for Alzheimer’s disease because mental functioning slowly…

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CoQ10 Supplements and Mental Acuity

…To ensure this protection, Dr. Sinatra recommends 100 mg twice a day of a high-quality CoQ10 supplement. For more information on Dr. Sinatra and Alzheimer's disease, visit www.drsinatra.com.

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Why You Need Vitamin Supplements

Every now and then, an expose on vitamins comes out in the media, blasting the need for vitamins. But these expose fail to acknowledge the science and medicine behind the value of vitamin supplements. Here's a reminder about why you need vitamin supplements. Yesterday must have been a slow news day…

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Vitamin B12 Supplements: What Doctors Aren’t Telling You

In my early days of practicing medicine, people used to go to their doctor to get a vitamin B12 shot, and they felt dramatically better. In fact, people used to beg me for the shot. The reason it worked is that many people are walking around with a deficiency, and they needed vitamin B12…

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The Truth About the Benefits of Vitamins

There’s no question that this has been the season for controversy, on a wide variety of topics from the national debt to the best way to protect children in our schools. In the land of health care, there’s more in the hot seat than our health-care system itself—including a brewing controversy…

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How Fruits Dramatically Reduce Stroke Risk

The news about the health benefits of apples continues to roll off the presses. For years research has confirmed that a diet high in fruits and veggies is protective when it comes to reducing the risk of stroke and other health concerns. But now European researchers have found that the color of a…

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6 Healthy Grilling Tips

This weekend is the unofficial start of summer. Even though this Memorial Day we will be at our daughter’s wedding, my wife Jan and I love this kickoff-for-summer weekend. First of all, it reminds us to take time to remember those who have served and sacrificed to defend our nation. And, as it is…

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Why Statins Are Dangerous

If you’ve been with me for a while, you know how I feel about statin drugs. Statins are dangerous. The only people who should be on statins are men over 50 who have coronary artery disease. For everyone else, statins may actually be raising the incidence of heart failure because they deplete the…

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