However, it doesn't have to be an inevitable part of getting older and how you treat your body will greatly influence your risk of contracting it. Apparently only 5% of cases are genetically predisposed.
Research at the University of California by Deborah Barnes, PhD way back in 2011 clearly showed that if you address the risk factors such as physical inactivity, depression, smoking, mid-life hypertension, mid-life obesity, low education and diabetes you can decrease your risk by over 50%.
More good news. Dr. Amen who is the #1 most influential mental health expert and advocate on the web, concludes that diets that are high in fat and low in carbohydrates can decrease your risk by over 40%, studies have shown. I can almost see your face! High fat, low carb is the complete opposite of what we have been told over the last few decades. For years we have been following just such advice and getting steadily sicker. It is time that the truth about fats and carbohydrates came out but that is for another blog.
Did you know that 60% of your brain is made up of fat! Suffice to say that the fats you should be eating are the good, brain healthy ones; those that are high in omega 3, and even saturated fats from grass fed animals and coconut oil. Fish oils, avocados and walnuts are great too. Nature gives us a clue with foods. What shape does a walnut resemble? There is a clue in the picture above.
Try to eliminate or at the very least reduce consumption of the “bad” fats found in fried and processed convenience foods. Deduce or remove the amount of processed carbohydrates and you will be well on the way to preventing Alzheimer’s. Add in some exercise, watch your weight, eat lots of vegetables, enjoy life which will alll massively reduce your likelihood of contracting this horrible disease.
One last point. Research also shows that a diet too low in salt can contribute too – just make sure you use pure rock or sea salt and avoid table salt like the plague.
Make sure that you enjoy your old age.