Dementia

Apples and Alzheimer’s Prevention

…Shea and his team have a 2010 publication of their clinical trials comparing a nutritional formula they developed with placebo in adults without dementia. The formula they used consisted of acetyl-l-carnitine, B12, folic acid, N-acetyl cysteine, S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe) and vitamin E. This formula…

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Why Statins Are Dangerous

…loss (in my case over 70 pounds) can temporarily raise LDL levels. He did not know that. "In spite of his low cholesterol levels, my dad developed dementia that was diagnosed as Alzheimer’s [sic], and he had several blockages in the smaller blood vessels in his brain. No statins for me, they are dangerous…

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Folic Acid for Dementia & Alzheimer’s Prevention

…are learning that elevated homocysteine levels contribute to Alzheimer’s and other dementias just as they put you at risk for heart disease. Bring down homocysteine, and you reduce cardiac risk as well as dementia risk. Lower Elevated Homocysteine Levels for Alzheimer’s Prevention What is homocysteine?…

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Statin Drugs and Memory Loss

…university in connection with a study appearing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Other studies have also linked the potential for dementia with a decline in total cholesterol. What’s the bottom line for you? In my opinion, the only people who should be on statin drugs are middle-aged…

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Vascular Dementia Can Happen to Anyone

…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 deteriorates over time, with VaD the…

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Alzheimer's Disease Touches All of Us

…were all hoping that mom was just showing signs of age-related cognitive decline. In actuality, Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia, or loss of intellectual function, for folks over 65. And for those over 85 years of age or more, the risk is 50 percent. I was saddened to read the…

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When You’re the Caregiver, Don’t Forget to Care for Yourself

…to transfer their beloved mom Peg to an assisted care facility due to her vascular dementia. It was a decision that didn’t come easy—and in fact, snuck up on the family over time. Like many people with dementia, at times Peg is conversational and appropriately interacting with her environment. Yet…

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Alzheimer's Disease Prevention: Know Your Risk Factors

…form of dementia at this point. Seeing my mother-in-law go through this ordeal is a real reminder that we all want to do our best to prevent dementia. Like any health condition of aging, including cardiovascular problems, being educated about the risk factors for developing vascular dementia is important…

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Is Your Heart Getting Too Little (Or Too Much) Vitamin D?

…of vitamin D is extremely long and growing. Having adequate levels of vitamin D can help to protect you from everything from type 2 diabetes, to dementia, and cancer. One of the biggest bodies of research in support of vitamin D is the Nurses' Health Study (NHS). This enormous investigative initiative…

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Do You Need a Heart Pacemaker?

…heart pacemaker, he realized just how much his heart was struggling. He has more energy, his mind is sharper (his wife had thought he was developing dementia), and even his cheeks are rosier. The heart pacemaker had literally taken 10 years off his age! Do You Need a Heart Pacemaker? * You can’t go by…

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