[Homeroast] Fwd: UCLA Study on Alzheimer's

Barry Luterman lutermanb at gmail.com
Thu Jul 21 10:24:31 CDT 2011

Came across this. don't know how valid it is but I think the list members
are probably a safe group.

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*UCLA Study on Alzheimers*

*Food for Thought*

*"The idea that Alzheimer's is entirely genetic and unpreventable is perhaps
greatest misconception about the disease," says Gary Small, M.D., director
the UCLA Center on Aging.* Researchers now know that Alzheimer's, like heart

disease and cancer, develops over decades and can be influenced by lifestyle

factors including cholesterol, blood pressure, obesity, depression,
nutrition, sleep and mental, physical and social activity.
**The big news: Mountains of research reveals that simple things you do
every day might cut your odds of losing your mind to Alzheimer 's. *

In search of scientific ways to delay and outlive Alzheimer's and other
dementias, I tracked down thousands of studies and interviewed dozens of
experts. The results in a new book: *100 Simple Things You Can Do to
Prevent Alzheimer's and Age-Related Memory Loss* (Little, Brown; $19.99).
*Here are 10 strategies I found most surprising.
1.  *Have coffee*. In an amazing flip-flop, coffee is the new brain tonic. A
European study showed that drinking three to five cups of coffee a day in
midlife cut Alzheimer's risk 65% in late life. University of South Florida
researcher Gary Arendash credits caffeine: He says it reduces
dementia-causing amyloid in animal brains. Others credit coffee's
antioxidants. So drink up, Arendash advises, unless your doctor says you

2.  *Floss*. Oddly, the health of your teeth and gum s can help predict
dementia. University of Southern California research found that having
periodontal disease before age 35 quadrupled the odds of dementia years
later. Older people with tooth and gum disease score lower on memory and
cognition tests, other studies show. Experts speculate that inflammation in
diseased mouths migrates to the brain.

3.*Google*. Doing an online search can stimulate your aging brain even more
than reading a book, says UCLA's Gary Small, who used brain MRIs to prove
it. The biggest surprise: Novice Internet surfers, ages 55 to 78, activated
key memory and learning centers in the brain after only a week of Web
surfing for an hour a day.

4. *Grow new brain cells*. Impossible, scientists used to say. Now it's
believed that thousands of brain cells are born daily. The trick is to keep
the newborns
alive. What works: aerobic exercise (such as a brisk 30-minute walk every
day), strenuous mental activity, eating salmon and other fatty fish, and
avoiding obesity, chronic stress, sleep deprivation, heavy drinking and
vitamin B deficiency.

5. *Drink apple juice*. Apple juice can push production of the "memory
chemical" acetylcholine; that's the way the popular Alzheimer's drug Aricept
works, says
Thomas Shea, Ph.D., of the University of Massachusetts . He was surprised
that old mice given apple juice did better on learning and memory tests than
mice that received water. A dose for humans: 16 ounces, or two to three
apples a day.

6. *Protect your head*. Blows to the head, even mild ones early in life,
increase odds of dementia years later. Pro football players have 19 times
the typical rate of memory-related diseases. Alzheimer's is four times more
common in elderly who suffer a head injury, Columbia University finds.
Accidental falls doubled an older person's odds of dementia five years later
in another study. Wear seat belts and helmets, fall-proof your house, and
don't take risks.

7. *Meditate*. Brain scans show that people who meditate regularly have less
cognitive decline and brain shrinkage - a classic sign of Alzheimer's - as
they age. Andrew Newberg of the University of Pennsylvania School of
Medicine says yoga meditation of 12 minutes a day for two months improved
blood flow and cognitive functioning in seniors with memory problems.

8. *Take D*. A "severe deficiency" of vitamin D boosts older Americans' risk
cognitive impairment 394%, an alarming study by England 's University of
Exeter finds. And most Americans lack vitamin D. Experts recommend a daily
dose of 800 IU to 2,000 IU of vitamin D3.

9. *Fill your brain*. It < <http://brain.it/>http://brain.it/%3E; 's called
"cognitive reserve." A rich ac cumulation of life experiences - education,
marriage, socializing, a stimulating job, language skills, having a purpose
in life, physical activity and mentally demanding leisure activities - makes
your brain better able to tolerate plaques and tangles. You can even have
significant Alzheimer's pathology and no symptoms of dementia if you have
high cognitive reserve, says David Bennett, M.D., of Chicago 's Rush
University Medical Center .

10. *Avoid infection*. Astonishing new evidence ties Alzheimer's to cold
sores, gastric ulcers, Lyme disease, pneumonia and the flu. Ruth Itzhaki,
Ph.D., of the University of Manchester in England estimates the cold-sore
herpes simplex virus is incriminated in 60% of Alzheimer's cases. The
theory: Infections trigger excessive beta amyloid "gunk" that kills brain
cells. Proof is still lacking, but why not avoid common infections and take
appropriate vaccines, antibiotics
and antiviral agents?

What to Drink for G ood Memory
A great way to keep your aging memory sharp and avoid Alzheimer's is to
drink the right stuff.

a. *Tops: Juice*. A glass of any fruit or vegetable juice three times a week
slashed Alzheimer's odds 76% in Vanderbilt University research. Especially
protective:*blueberry, grape and apple juice*, say other studies.

b. *Tea*: Only a cup of black or green tea a week cut rates of cognitive
decline in older people by 37%, reports the Alzheimer's Association. Only
brewed tea works. Skip bottled tea, which is devoid of antioxidants.

c. *Caffeine beverages*. Surprisingly, caffeine fights memory loss and
Alzheimer's, suggest dozens of studies. Best sources: coffee (one
Alzheimer's researcher drinks five cups a day), tea and chocolate. Beware
caffeine if you are pregnant, have high blood pressure, insomnia or anxiety.

d. *Red wine:* If you drink alcohol, a little red wine is most apt to
benefit your
aging brain. It's high in antioxidants. Limit it to one daily glass for
two for men. Excessive alcohol, notably binge drinking, brings on

e. Two to *avoid: Sugary soft drinks*, especially those sweetened with high
fructose corn syrup. They make lab animals dumb. Water with high copper
content also can up your odds of Alzheimer's. Use a water filter that
removes excess minerals.

5 Ways to Save Your Kids from Alzheimer's Now
Alzheimer's isn't just a disease that starts in old age. What happens to
child's brain seems to have a dramatic impact on his or her likelihood of
Alzheimer's many decades later.

Here are five things you can do now to help save your child from Alzheimer's
and memory loss later in life, according to the latest research.

1. *Prevent head blows*: Insist your child wear a helmet during biking,
skiing, baseball, football, hockey, and all contact sports. A major blow as
as tiny repetitive unnoticed concussions can cause damage, leading to memory
loss and Alzheimer's years later.

2 *Encourage language skills*: A teenage girl who is a superior writer is
times more likely to escape Alzheimer's in late life than a teen with poor
linguistic skills. Teaching young children to be fluent in two or more
makes them less vulnerable to Alzheimer's.

3. *Insist your child go to college*: *Education is a powerful Alzheimer's
deterrent*. The more years of formal schooling, the lower the odds. Most
Alzheimer's prone: teenage drop outs. For each year of education, your risk
of dementia drops 11%, says a recent University of Cambridge study.

4. *Provide stimulation*: Keep your child's brain busy with physical, mental
social activities and novel experiences. All these contribute to a bigger,
better functioning brain with more so-called 'cognitive reserve.' High
reser ve protects against memory decline and Alzheimer's.

5. *Spare the junk food*: *Lab animals raised on berries, spinach and high
omega-3 fish have great memories in old age*. Those overfed sugar,
especially high fructose in soft drinks, saturated fat and trans fats become
overweight and diabetic, with smaller brains and impaired memories as they
age, a prelude to Alzheimer's.

Excerpted from Jean Carper's newest book:
"100 Simple Things You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer's"


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