Alzheimer's disease, affecting millions of
people worldwide, is a progressive and neurodegenerative disorder that
primarily affects the elderly. What makes it even more deadly is the fact that
this disorder tends to worsen over time, eventually leading to death. On an
average, a person can live for upto 7 years post diagnosis.
Though extensive research is being carried out,
scientists are still unable to discover a cure for this disorder. Alzheimer's,
in the early stage, presents symptoms like dizziness, trouble remembering
recent incidents, forgetfulness, moody behavior, all of which are often ignored
as manifestations of stress.
How a high
carb diet could cause Alzheimer's:
A recent study in the US suggests that a diet
rich in carbohydrates could be the cause of development of Alzheimer's in men
post 65 years of age. Older men consuming high carb diets are four times more
at the risk of developing mild cognitive impairment, which is precursor to
Alzheimer's. A high carbohydrate diet
messes up with your sugar and insulin metabolism, which can be harmful to your
brain. Proteins and fats, on the other hand, demonstrated protection against
Apart from a high carb diet, numerous other
factors like cardiovascular conditions (hypercholesterolemia, diabetes,
smoking, and hypertension), long term use of NSAID's (no-steroidal
anti-inflammatory drugs) etc are thought to induce dementia in elderly men.
Coping up with Alzheimer's can be tough, both to
the individual and to his family members. Listed below are a few tips that can
help delay or even stop the onset of this disease.
• Choosing a
Mediterranean diet: A Mediterranean diet is thought to delay the onset of
Alzheimer's to a considerable extent. Include more fruits and vegetables,
breads, wheat and other cereals, red wine and fish to keep Alzheimer's at bay.
• Use turmeric:
Curcumin, a component of turmeric is found be effective in reducing brain
• Engage in intellectual
activities: Keeping your mind busy post 60's is a good idea. Solving puzzles,
playing chess and interacting socially can lower your risk by 40%.
• Get a caffeine boost:
Sipping down 3-5 cups of coffee a day can cut down your risk of Alzheimer's
Moderate exercise and learning a second language
later in life have also demonstrated positive impacts in warding away