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Can the foods you eat impact your chance for developing Alzheimer’s?

Diabetics are at a higher risk of developing
Alzheimer’s. There are a number of studies that have shown
this already. That there are at least 2 fold increased risk. Now, the reason for that seems to be that
there are two possible reasons. One is that diabetes causes blood vessel disease. And blood vessel disease can make Alzheimer’s
disease worse. That’s certainly one part. Another problem is that we think the same
toxins that cause Alzheimer’s are also causing diabetes. What we found was that if you look at a person
who is 65 years old. You look at them 65 to 74 in 1970. You can see that there’s almost no Alzheimer’s. Very low in this age group. If you look to 1980, there’s a slight increase. And then there’s this rapid rise between 1980
and 2006. This is the same age group. This is not aging. This is exactly the same age group. You, of course, could look at the rates, of
course they’re higher in older people. But let’s look even at 85 year olds. Look at the rate of increase over the same
interval. This is an 80 year old, 85 year old here in
1980. This is an 85 year old here .
It’s a thousandfold increase in the rate. This is not a gene problem. There’s no breeding going on in this period. This is not a gene problem. All of these, in every single age group, from
55 onward, the rates have increased dramatically. Let’s look at diabetes. That’s the most interesting of all. You can see these u-shaped curves. From 1960s down to about 1980, that rates
of death from diabetes have declined. And every single age group – here’s 45. Drop – 55. drop – 65 drop – everybody dropped. Why? Because medicine improved. Nobody would doubt that. Yet, from 1982 to now, look at these rising
rates. That’s… our medicine is better so something
has changed how this disease behave. Very very dramatically. And if you look at the shape of this curve,
it’s not that different from what happens in Alzheimer’s. Young brains, young organisms are very susceptible
to toxins and lifetime exposures, particularly in young people, is the most dangerous. And I think parents have an option to not
expose their children and they can repackage labels and provide healthful foods. The foods that are most damaging are the ones
that contain nitrites. And those are processed foods, mainly the
smoked meats, the bacon, the processed cheese. You know, sometimes you look in the grocery
store and you see something in the cheese group but it doesn’t say cheese on it, you
should make sure it says cheese. Even beer has it. I don’t want to scare too many people about
beer to ruin their lives, but there are some beers that have very very high contents of
them. I think the most important thing for people
to know about neurodegeneration is that it’s possible that if the causes are related to
things that we’ve done in the process of making life convenient, then we could reverse these
trends. I… it’s sad that, you know, there’s a possibility
and I think it’s highly probable that these diseases – fatty liver disease, diabetes,
Alzheimer’s – are related to how we’ve changed our lifestyles. I really do. But awareness means we can probably reverse
the trends. you only have one body and one brain, so we
should take care of them.

5 thoughts on “Can the foods you eat impact your chance for developing Alzheimer’s?

  1. Very interesting presentation.

    The dramatic rise in Alzheimer's deaths in the end of the 1990s is parallel with the large scale introduction of statin medicines to control cholesterol levels. But the cholesterlol is vital to the function of the brain so it would be very interesting to have Dr de la Montes view wether the epidemic rise of Alzheimers can be medicine induced.

  2. Nitrates cause typ 2 Diabetes mellitus and Alzheimer's? "Approximately 80% of dietary nitrates are derived from vegetable consumption" http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19439460 Why blame it on smoked meats and bacon then? You might want to have a look at http://junkfoodscience.blogspot.com/2008/07/does-banning-hotdogs-and-bacon-make.html

  3. Insulin resistance is an evolutionarily well preserved mechanism in multiple species, including humans. A physiological response of the body that becomes pathological only under environmental conditions we weren't selected for (i.e. for example a high-carb, low-fat diet). The nitrate/nitrites argument isn't convincing. Have a look at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0261561412001112 and http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2148/7/61

  4. In her charts, diabetes was up in the '60's, and then it came down. BUT, at that same time, there was no Alzheimer's. Then something changed and diabetes went up. Alzheimer's went up, but at a delayed rate? What changed? We have been eating bacon for decades, so I don't think it's nitrates. Just because the diabetes chart and the Alzheimer's chart are similar, this does not SAY that the SAME people who have diabetes ALSO have Alzheimer's. In fact, I called the Alzheimer's facility where my mom is, and they have about 60 Alzheimer's people, and I asked the head nurse how many of them had diabetes. She said "none of them".

    I think the culprit is the Food Pyramid. The High Carb, Low Fat food pyramid was introduced in the 1980's. People who ate more carbs, they became obese and diabetic. (T2 is completely preventable and reversible by cutting out carbs). Those who managed their carbs well, but cut out the fat or were on statins, which prevent the body from processing fat), their brains starved for fat, and the hippocampus died, triggering the domino effect of Alzheimer's.

    In the '60's, we had "The four food groups", and fat was naturally found in eggs, butter and meat. No one worried bout it, they did not over do the carbs, they did not get fat and they did not get Alzheimer's.

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