The Diabeties/Alzheimer's Connection and your diet

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By 1cookie :) Latest Reply 2011-04-17 15:38:09 -0500
Started 2011-04-11 15:22:05 -0500

I receintly read the articles listed below after I was informed by the Doctor Oz show that new information linked the two.

They discussed the following:

How does Type 2 diabetes affect the brain?
Type 2 diabetes can harm the brain. Compared to people without diabetes, more people with diabetes get dementia. A person with dementia has a harder and harder time remembering things and thinking clearly. The most common dementia is Alzheimer’s disease.
Another form is vascular dementia. Both Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia may be linked to diabetes.

The dietary pattern is characterized by eating more salad dressing, nuts, tomatoes, fish, poultry, cruciferous vegetables, fruits, and dark and green leafy vegetables and lesser quantities of red meat, organ meat, butter, and high-fat dairy products…

Seven different dietary patterns emerged based on their ability to explain the variation in seven nutrients most often reported in previous studies to be related either positively or inversely to Alzheimer's disease risk.

The nutrients were saturated fatty acids, monounsaturated fatty acids, omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids, vitamin E, vitamin B12, and folate.

Through an average follow-up of nearly four years, 253 of the participants developed Alzheimer's disease.

Only one of the dietary patterns evaluated was associated with Alzheimer's disease risk, after adjustment for demographic factors, smoking, body mass index, caloric intake, comorbidities and genetic risk factors.
The diet "may have the protective effect on Alzheimer's disease involving all these pathways," they wrote.

The diet, which was rich in omega-3 and omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids, vitamin E, and folate but poor in saturated fatty acids and vitamin B12, was similar to the Mediterranean diet.

Although the study could not prove a causal relationship, Scarmeas and his colleagues said that there are several ways the diet could protect against Alzheimer's disease.

Folate reduces circulating homocysteine levels, vitamin E has a strong antioxidant effect, and "fatty acids may be related to dementia and cognitive function through atherosclerosis, thrombosis, or inflammation via an effect on brain development and membrane functioning or via accumulation of beta-amyloid," they wrote.

So, my question is are you changing the foods you eat or your vitamines after reading all of this informatio?

8 replies

GabbyPA 2011-04-12 21:46:54 -0500 Report

I know the antioxidant rage is very strong. It keeps us flexible in many ways and those good fats help keep us on our toes. I already take krill oil and have cut out most trans fats, so I stick to the olive oils where I can. I used to take E, but I tell you, if I take all the supplements I am supposed to be taking, I would have no room left for my meal. I try to take several, but the cost is also an issue now. I try to eat healthier whole foods to get more of my minerals and vitamins from. It is hard to balance some days.

1cookie :)
1cookie :) 2011-04-17 15:38:09 -0500 Report

Glad you stop Vit E supplements…Most are to much 30iu/ day or less is best no more…per Doctor Oz ..heart surgeon and his show…he has a if you'd like more info

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1cookie :) 2011-04-16 13:10:18 -0500 Report

I have a hole string of vitamin/suppliments that I take too…I know what you mean by no room for your meal.

jayabee52 2011-04-11 18:14:29 -0500 Report

Yes, and I went to your news article and tried the link there for the whole article. It said 404 page not found. I searched alzheimers in the search box and there were no results.

1cookie :)
1cookie :) 2011-04-13 18:05:19 -0500 Report

alzhieners and diet what is the link…News article is here on the site sorry that the link is not working..but you can still read it here

new link was added 4/13/2011 @8:17 pm to get access or read it here on the site article is in news article here

1cookie :)
1cookie :) 2011-04-11 15:52:32 -0500 Report

abc news link I spelled alzhiemers wrong so link is NOT working properly…the Z is missing The story is in the News Articles here on the site so you can see it without the mis-spelled link address.

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