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Diabetes, Obesity and Brain Health

Over the past several years I have been writing about the detrimental effects of type 2 diabetes on brain health. For example, we’ve seen an extensive amount of research published that shows a strong relationship between even subtle elevations of blood sugar and future risk for Alzheimer’s disease. In addition, we know that elevation of blood sugar is related to a reduction in size of the brain’s memory center, the hippocampus. As it turns out, this reduction is correlated with both a decline in cognitive function as well as mood disorders. Continue reading

Probiotics: A New Treatment for Alzheimer’s?

Probiotics: A New Treatment for Alzheimer’s?

In Brain Maker, we looked at the relationship between the health of the gut and that of the brain, particularly as it relates to how the gut is the origin of inflammation, a cause of Alzheimer’s disease, an inflammatory disorder. With that in mind, shouldn’t we be able to improve our gut health as a way to treat Alzheimer’s? Well, the latest science has something to say about that.

In today’s video, I’ll examine a recent study from Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience that reviewed the impact of probiotic supplements on cognitive function in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. The findings are absolutely astounding.

The Empowering Neurologist – David Perlmutter, MD and Dr. Dominic D’Agostino

The Empowering Neurologist – David Perlmutter, MD and Dr. Dominic D’Agostino

We are certainly hearing a lot these days about the ketogenic diet, and with very good reason. It may turn out that this dietary approach is the most powerful intervention we could entertain, in terms of providing the most salubrious environment for the body and the brain!

I’m going to tell you right up front, today’s interview is a bit scientifically intense, but nonetheless absolutely worthwhile. I had the great honor to speak with Dr. Dominic D’Agostino. He is is an Associate Professor in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine. He is also a Research Scientist at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC). His laboratory develops and tests nutritional strategies and metabolic-based supplements for neurological disorders, cancer and enhancement of physical performance and resilience in extreme environments.  His research is supported by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), Department of Defense (DoD), private organizations and foundations. Continue reading

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Join Me At Paleo F(X)!

Will you be in Austin next weekend? I hope so, and if not, now’s the time to book your ticket. Join my most cutting-edge colleagues and me for Paleo F(X), the world’s premier holistic wellness event. From health to nutrition, fitness to self-development, this weekend-long event will explore every major topic of interest in the world of paleo. Continue reading

Could Going Gluten-Free Give You Heart Disease?

Could Going Gluten-Free Give You Heart Disease?

A recent study, published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), reached a startling conclusion: a gluten-free diet could raise the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD)! Why? Because of a decrease in the consumption of beneficial whole grains.

You may be shocked to hear this, but I agree with the authors! The reason? The relationship of note is not about your consumption of gluten and CHD, but fiber and CHD. Gluten-containing products often contain the all-important fiber, so when we go gluten-free it’s essential to continue to incorporate fiber-rich foods into the diet. I discuss more in today’s video.

Statin Drugs & Diabetes: What You Need To Know

Statin Drugs & Diabetes: What You Need To Know

Recent reports continue to find an adverse relationship between Type 2 diabetes and the risk of Alzheimer’s, with diabetes shown to increase the risk of an Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis.

In light of this, it would make sense that we do everything we can to prevent the development of diabetes in our own bodies. That’s why it’s troubling to hear about new research that demonstrates that one of the most commonly prescribed classes of medications, statin drugs (used to lower cholesterol), has a profound impact on the chance that someone could develop Type 2 diabetes. Let’s dive into this research today.

And once you’re down, hope over to the Articles section of my website, where you can find some links to more of my writings about statin drugs.

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Artificial Sweeteners – Alzheimer’s and Stroke

To those of you who follow my blog, the recent study demonstrating a remarkably increased risk for stroke, as well as Alzheimer’s disease, in relation to consumption of artificially-sweetened beverages should not come as a surprise.

First, let me break down what the researchers did, and learned. The stroke portion of the study evaluated 2,888 adults (age 45+), while the dementia arm focused on 1,484 adults (age 60+). The researchers reviewed food frequency questionnaires for the years 1991 to 2001 and determined how often the participants consumed artificially-sweetened beverages. Continue reading

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