An End to Alzheimer’s?

A California neurologist (Dr. Dale Bredesen) conducted a study on 10 individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, his findings were astonishing. Six of these individuals who had been struggling with work due to memory loss and other issues had improved in their work performance due to a well-balanced diet, adequate sleep, stress reduction, specific supplements, and overall reduced stress according to an article on senior planet. Nine of the overall participants improved, the one who did not was in the late stages of this terrible disease. Could these simple day to day actions be a step toward reversing Alzheimer’s?

More than 5 million Americans are living today with Alzheimer’s and by the end of 2016 this disease and other related dementias will  have cost our nation around $236 billion dollars according to the Alzheimer’s Association. The Alzheimer’s Association also comment on Dr. Bredsen’s research calling it fascinating but say that further study is needed. Others suggest that specific drugs should be tested one at a time rather than all together to seek out particular causes and possible cures. Dr. Bredsen plans to have another study group, larger this time, beginning in January of 2017. He says that many factors play a role in keeping the signaling in our brains on track and that help us to function and remember things normally. If any of these signals become deficient, issues start to occur-one being memory loss.

Eliminating processed foods and more intake of fruits, vegetables, and fish are recommended. Stress reduction, 30 minutes of exercise per day, 8 hours of sleep, good oral hygiene, taking probiotics and fasting between meals to help with insulin levels is his plan to follow. Although Bredesen plans to move forward with a clinical trial this next year, the Alzheimer’s Association cautions those thinking of following this regime for now.

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