Dr Oz: Alzheimer’s Disease & Diabetes
Doctor Oz did a show on an Alzheimer’s Breakthrough – a new link between Alzheimer’s and Diabetes. Dr Oz said that this might be the most revolutionary show he has ever done. You can imagine your brain as being made up of cables, which are your brains nerves. And there are lights that shine throughout your brain, which are your memories, emotions and thoughts. With Alzheimer’s Disease, the signals are cut to the nerves in your brain and all of a sudden your brain can go dark. But what turns off the light? Could Diabetes be the cause of Alzheimer’s Disease? Dr Oz also gave a great list of Foods That Cause Alzheimer’s.
Dr Oz: Alzheimer’s & Insulin Resistance
Dr Oz said that Alzheimer’s Disease robs more than 5 million Americans of their past, present and future. And as families watch their loved ones slip away, they become worried that they are destined to suffer from the same thing. New research offers hope though. Dementia is the result of tangles and plaque in the brain, but until recently we did not know what caused the tangles or plaque. Dr Suzanne de la Monte, from Long Island, may have discovered what is causing plaque and tangles in our brain, and so she is now calling Alzheimer’s Disease a form of “Diabetes In The Brain.” The next logical conclusion is that if Alzheimer’s is a kind of Diabetes, is something in our diet causing it? There is a chemical preservative found in many processed foods called Nitrosamines which may be accountable for Neuro-Degeneration similar to Alzheimers.
Dr Oz: Brain Diabetes
Doctor Oz said that having Diabetes or Pre-Diabetes increases your risk of getting Alzheimer’s Disease, but even if you do not have Diabetes in your body, you could have it in your brain. He asked Dr Suzanne de la Monte what is the difference between Diabetes in the brain and Diabetes in the body? She said that Diabetes can take place anywhere in the body. We normally think of Diabetes as high sugar in the blood, but the important thing is that it means there is high insulin which can occur anywhere in the body. There is a big overlap of around 40% between between people who have Diabetes in both their brain and in their body, but Alzheimer’s can also exist on its own without having signs of Diabetes elsewhere in your body.
Dr Oz showed an image of a healthy brain, which is big, robust and full-bodied compared to a brain with Alzheimer’s Disease where areas of the brain are eaten out and missing – especially the parts of the brain where memories are stored. Alzheimers is not just caused by our genes, which is why it has increased in all age groups since the 1970’s. Dr Oz asked Dr Richard Carmona, former US Surgeon General, how important the link is between insulin and Alzheimer’s Disease, and he concurred that the link seems to be very important. Insulin is needed to make neurons grow and function, and without insulin it is like a flower without water. We need the right amount of insulin to make our brain function properly.
Dr Oz: Foods That Cause Alzheimer’s Disease
Dr Oz said that most people thought plaque is what caused Alzheimer’s Disease, but until now we did not know what was causing the plaque. What is amazing about this new discovery is that now there are things people can do to take action or to change their chances of getting Alzheimer’s. Dr Richard Carmona said that he does think that food can change our chances of developing Alzheimer’s, which is why nutrition and appropriate eating is so important. Clearly overweight people are more likely to get Type 2 Diabetes, and having Diabetes increases your risk of Alzheimer’s.
Doctor Oz showed a diagram of why there is a link between what we eat and Alzheimer’s. There is something called the Blood Brain Barrier that prevents chemicals and toxins from getting through to your brain. But if you eat something that you should not eat, your liver creates toxic molecules that can work their way through your Blood Brain Barrier and can impact how much Insulin is made in your brain.
Dr Oz: Smoked Meat Causes Alzheimer’s
Doctor Oz named four groups of foods that cause Alzheimer’s Disease. The first group is Smoke Meats such as bacon, smoked turkey from the deli counter and ham. All of these smoked meats contain Nitrosamines which cause the liver to make fats that can cross the Blood Brain Barrier and are toxic to the brain. These Nitrosamines can lead to Insulin Resistance in your brain, so make sure to avoid products that contain Sodium Nitrite in their ingredient list. In general, Dr Carmona said that we should avoid Nitrites as much as possible, eat organic foods and eat healthy foods, just like they do at Canyon Ranch.
Dr Oz: Processed Food Causes Alzheimer’s
Dr Oz’s second group of foods that cause Alzheimer’s Disease are Processed Foods. He specifically mentioned processed cheeses, but I wish he has been more specific about which cheese to avoid. I can only guess that it must be cheese like American Cheese, but what do you think?
Dr Oz: Beer Causes Alzheimer’s
Doctor Oz’s third food group that causes Alzheimer’s is beer, which was a total shocker! Dr Suzanne de la Monte said that beer originally contained nitrites, but now most companies have cleaned this up. However, there are still some processed beers that have these toxic chemicals in them. She said that beer is still not as bad as smoked meat and processed food though. Dr Oz said that he tried to find beers without nitrites, but it is impossible because beer does not have an ingredient list. Hopefully beer companies will get the message and start informing us of which beers do not have nitrites in them.
Dr Oz: White Foods Cause Alzheimer’s
Dr Oz is forever telling us to avoid White Foods like white flour, white rice and white bread. But here is yet another reason to skip the White Foods. These foods bump up your insulin and send toxins to your brain which can get through your Blood Brain Barrier.
Dr Richard Carmona said that the whole concept that the brain can re-mold itself is important. As life expectancy increases, we want our brain to stay with us for longer. So we all need to stay physically active, include less preservatives in our food, stay intellectually stimulated by reading, writing, standing on one foot and even by writing with our other hand. With these new scientific breakthroughs and dietary manipulation, we can improve our health which will effect everything including our risk of getting Alzheimer’s Disease. Please take a moment to send this article to everyone you know so that we can put an end to Alzheimer’s Disease together!