Tag: dementia

Dementia Concerns? Speed-training!

Dementia Concerns? Speed-training!

Have you ever worried that dementia might creep up on you? If so, do you have any idea what you might do now to lessen your chances of dementia developing? I know that I’ll do just about anything to maintain the sparkle in my brain! I think I found something great for us. I’d like to introduce you to a…

Bacteria and the Elderly – Better Days Ahead

Bacteria and the Elderly – Better Days Ahead

Recently I was pleased to come across an article in the Wall Street Journal that discussed the very positive shift away from overuse of antibiotics in nursing homes. Being the defender of the microbiome that I am, when I read that up to 70% of nursing home residents receive one or more courses of antibiotics every year and up to…

Diabetes Linked to Memory Decline

According to recent statistics, 29.1 million people—that’s 9.3 percent of the population—have diabetes. Almost 30 percent of these people have not been diagnosed, however. It gets worse. Fully 86 million more people—that’s over one third of U.S. adults—have prediabetes (high blood sugar, the precursor to diabetes), yet ninety percent of them don’t know it. Truly, these numbers reveal the epidemic…

Low Vitamin D Levels Linked to Dementia

In addition to the everyday digestive support supplements that I recommend everyone take on a daily basis (whether or not they have “digestive” issues)—High fiber, Omega-3, Probiotics, and digestive Enyzmes (I call it the H.O.P.E. Formula)—I always recommend vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency is very common, even in “healthy” people and in those who get regular sun exposure.…

Drink Too Much? Fish Oil May Help Offset Damage

Long-term heavy use of alcohol can lead to brain damage and increased risks of dementia, so the search is on for treatments that offset this damage. In a recent study published in the Public Library of Sciences ONE journal, researchers tested the effects of fish oil on brain cells exposed to high levels of alcohol. The fish oil was found…

Still Taking PPIs for Heartburn? New Study May Have You Thinking Twice

  Millions of Americans with occasional heartburn turn to medications such as omeprazole (Prilosec), esomeprazole (Nexium) and lansoprazole (Prevacid) to help reduce stomach acid, but new research may have folks thinking twice about the possible side effects—and considering safer natural alternatives. Last month ABC.com’s Health Report featured an interview with Douglas Corley, a board-certified gastroenterologist and research scientist with Kaiser…

Brain Health as We Age

The advice to stay mentally and socially active as we age to help stave off dementia is now being challenged by experts who say that it’s not enough to do crosswords or stay social. In a study published in Psychological Science, adults who engaged in an activity that involved learning a new skill—digital photography, quilting, or both—for 15 hours a…

High Blood Sugar May Increase Risk for Dementia

The link between high blood sugar and poor health go far beyond diabetes, a condition of epidemic proportions on its own. Not only does high blood sugar put you at risk for heart disease, but Alzheimer’s as well, a condition also known as type 3 diabetes. A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine further solidifies the…

Omega-3 Supplementation and Aging

With the brain benefits of omega-3 fatty acids ever increasing, studies of the effects of omega-3s in older people continue to emerge. In a recent study published in the journal Nutrition, people over the age of 65 with higher blood levels of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) also exhibited slower cellular aging, as marked by a reduction in the shortening of telomeres,…