Volume 2, Issue 52
December 24, 2009
Completely prevent Alzheimer's simply by doing this...
Few things are as scary as the thought of losing your mind to Alzheimer's. And did you know that, for the most part, Alzheimer's is a completely preventable disease? In fact, a recent study shows that you can reduce one of the most serious risk factors with nothing more than lifestyle changes.
That risk factor is obesity.
Researchers at the Aging Research Center, Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden followed 1,449 individuals for an average of 21 years. They examined the participants for histories in their midlife of elevated cholesterol, elevated systolic blood pressure, and obesity. They defined obesity as having a body mass index (BMI) greater than 30. For a 5'6" person, this means being overweight by 40 pounds. Here's what they found.
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Having a BMI greater than 30 increased the chance of developing Alzheimer's by two-and-a-half times.
In fact, obesity carried just as high a risk value for Alzheimer's as having high blood pressure or having high total cholesterol. And the risk increased proportionately when more than one factor was present. Take, for example, someone who is obese, has high cholesterol, and also has high blood pressure. Their risk of getting Alzheimer's disease is more than six times greater than those who have none of these conditions. And that's an important association, because most people who are obese, also have high cholesterol and high blood pressure to go along with it.
If you're curious as to whether your BMI is too high, you can quickly determine it by going to http://www.nhlbisupport.com/bmi/bminojs.htm. Just enter your weight and height, and the calculator will tell you the answer in a matter of seconds.
And if you don't like the answer, I urge you to do something about it. I know it means changing the way you eat and exercise, but it's a lot better than having to be put away because you can't even recognize your children.
It will also be a lot easier for your children, who will no doubt be assigned the job of taking care of you. But, to be fair, in many cases, maintaining a healthy weight may require more than just changing the way you live.
In these cases losing weight means correcting an abnormally low metabolism. And the best way to do that is with Bio-Energy Testing. If you're overweight, and find it hard to control your weight even with healthy eating and exercise habits, you need to have this test. It's even worth traveling to get it. You can get a list of clinics offering this new form of comprehensive metabolic testing at www.bioenergytesting.com.
Finding your Real Cures,
Frank Shallenberger, MD
Kivipelto, M., Ngandu T, Fratiglioni L, et al. Obesity and vascular risk factors at midlife and the risk of dementia and Alzheimer disease. Arch Neurol. 2005 Oct;62(10):1556-60.
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