Scientists are now calling Alzheimer’s type 3 diabetes. New research shows a diet low in beneficial fats and high in carbohydrates increases the risk of insulin resistance, which is now believed to be a major factor leading to a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. According to Dr. Mark Hyman, the underlying cause is too much sugar on the brain. It begins when we over consume sugar (more than 25 grams) and are not consuming enough essential fatty acids. We know that sugar causes inflammation and inflammation is known to be the critical cause of many diseases. Registered Holistic Nutritionists can help you develop a holistic approach for healing the brain and the body by addressing diet, exercise, stress reduction and nutritional deficiencies. Steps to decrease the risk of Alzheimer’s include: 1. Balance blood sugars with whole foods low on the glycemic index 2. Follow a diet rich in omega 3 healthy fats such as wild fish, olive oil, whole eggs, nuts and seeds. 3. Exercise 4. Supplement wisely and 5. Control stress.
Cheryl Prince R.H.N. LPN
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