Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Blood Sugar, Carbohydrates and Alzheimers.

I've mentioned before that I listen regularly to the Paleo Solution podcast with Robb Wolf. On this past podcast he had board certified neurologist Dr. David Perlmutter. Dr. Perlmutter sees, among other patients, many Alzheimers patients and has really done his homework on causes of the disease. He's written a book called "Grain Brain"  where he discusses in great detail the negative effect of carbohydrates on the brain (among other things). The more I learn about these things, and do my own research, the more I've come to believe that our bodies are simply designed to run lean on carbohydrates. Now, before folks go getting their britches wadded up like they so often do when I talk about this stuff, I'm not vilifying carbohydrates. It's just that our society now has access to SO MUCH carbohydrate that average folks can too easily over-consume. 

I highly recommend that you listen to this one podcast and listen to Dr. Perlmutter talk, in very approachable terms, about the connection of carbohydrates and neurological impairment. You download that here.

He has really done his research and cites peer reviewed research from well known medical journals like The New England Journal of Medicine among many others. For instance:

 "Mayo Clinic researchers have told us, for example, that risk for mild cognitive impairment, the harbinger for Alzheimer’s disease, or full -blown dementia is an astounding 42% lower in elderly folks who consume a diet higher in fat and lower in carbohydrates, as reported in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease." 

He's also written a great article in The Daily Beast (the online home of Newsweek Magazine). Go have a look here.

His point is that, to some degree, Alzheimers is preventable and in fact that many neurological disorders are as well through lifestyle items like nutrition and exercise. I encourage you to read it the go look up the journal articles and learn more. 

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