Dr Oz: How To Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease
On today’s show, “Your Most Dangerous Risk Factors For Alzheimer’s Disease,” Dr Oz gave the most dangerous risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease, which could be a game-changer for you and your family. Dr Oz asked the important question, could we possibly have a cure for this disease in 10 years? Read on to find out Dr Oz’s ultimate prevention plan for this debilitating disease.
Dr Oz says, Alzheimer’s disease may affect 26 million of those watching The Dr Oz Show today.
Five million Americans have it (2/3 are women) and these numbers are rising. Between 2000-2008, Alzheimer’s deaths jumped to a whopping 66 percent. Today, there is no cure, and we don’t know how to get it. The good news is that a new study showed that half of the cases might be caused by things we can control, such as exercise, diabetes and smoking. This information can give you a jumpstart on a treatment plan for you and your family today.
Dr Oz: Alzheimer Prevention
Dr. Gary Small, MD, author of The Alzheimer Prevention, linked the disease to diabetes. According to Dr. Small, a Japanese study indicated that people with diabetes or pre-diabetes had an increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease.
Dr Oz performed a demonstration with Rita, an audience member. Rita stated that she was concerned because her dad passed away a year ago from the disease and her mom had dementia. Her family also has a history of diabetes.
Dr Oz showed a diagram of neurons in the brain, which had the ability to remember loved ones, memories etc.. When you have Alzheimer’s, the nerves are cluttered up with “goop” (beta amyloid). This “goop” destroys the neurons and their ability to function properly. Diabetes is an issue because insulin would clean out the “goop”. When you can’t do that, the “goop” accumulated more rapidly. Doctor Oz told Rita this is what may have caused Alzheimer’s in her relatives.
Dr. Small stated that while physical exercise and a healthy diet help prevent diabetes, studies indicate that this will help with Alzheimer’s as well.
Dr Oz: Alzheimer’s Risk Factors
Risk #1- Aging:
Aging increases stress on neurons and increases making the goop (beta amyloid). As we get older, the goop becomes a mess on the neurons. According to Dr. Lisa Genova, PhD, at the age of 85, half of us will have it. Women have it more than men because we live longer and studies indicate that estrogen may play a big factor.
Dr. Small stated that most women lacked estrogen for a good part of their lives. Age 70 and older may accelerate the decline. According to Dr. Small, studies are not conclusive, but he believed that medical professionals may end up telling women to take estrogen for a certain period of time to prevent Alzheimer’s.
Dr Oz showed 2 human brains. The first was a normal brain, where you had fullness of tissue. Inside the normal brain, there was a tiny hole (ventricle). Then Dr Oz showed a brain that was affected by Alzheimer’s. This brain contained a ventricle, or hole, that was much larger, which meant you couldn’t coordinate as well. As the hole gets older as we age, you get a bigger gap, which eventually becomes as large as the brain itself. This larger gap is where brain matter has disappeared.
Dr Oz: Alzheimer’s Family History
Families that have a history of getting Alzheimer’s disease before the age of 60 (1%) is rare, but it does happen. Most of us do not have that in our history. However, Dr. Small indicated that 1 out of 5 have a certain genetic risk to increase likelihood to get the disease.
Dr Oz: Alzheimer’s & Cholesterol
Cholesterol drives production of beta amyloid (the goop in the neurons). In order to help prevent Alzheimer’s, keep your cholesterol levels low.
Dr. Small told Dr Oz that he is optimistic that within the next decade, we will have something that is better than what we have today to cure Alzheimer’s disease. In the meantime, we should use prevention methods to try to prevent Alzheimer’s for occurring at all. Dr. Small stated that medical professionals were using brain image technology to identify it early. The timeframe for all of us to take advantage of this technology is 10-15 years.
Dr Oz Bonus Tip On Alzheimer’s Prevention: Keep your brain razor sharp. Get a mental workout that cross trains your brain. Alternate between verbal puzzles and visual puzzles to stimulate the brain.