I have taken note of Lee Euler who is a publisher, some years back! In fact, I have listened to some of his speakers and in particular Dr. Dale Bredesen. Essentially, Defying Dementia and Alzheimer’s is possible.
Lee now refers to the clinic run by Dr. Richard Isaacson at the Weill Cornell Medical Center, and I quote him in part: “Research reveals many lifestyle interventions can reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, yet they’ve largely been ignored by mainstream medicine. But not by Dr. Richard Isaacson who sees real value in lifestyle changes for preventing and even slowing Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Isaacson and 27 colleagues from across the US recently collaborated on the first trial of its kind to clinically document the success of personalized lifestyle therapy in preventing and even slowing Alzheimer’s related memory loss.”
The team enrolled 154 patients aged 25 to 86 who had attended the Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic.
All had a family history of Alzheimer’s, of which 35 had received a diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment (MCI).
The rest had no symptoms of memory loss — but for many, cognitive tests showed memory deficits that caused concern.
On average each person had to implement 21 individually tailored lifestyle changes over 18 months.
These included a Mediterranean-style diet to reduce inflammation and improve the intake of memory-protective nutrients, exercise regimens, nutritional supplements, relaxation techniques, brain game type cognitive exercises, sleep hygiene tips and more.
At the end of the study, each patient was given highly sensitive tests that can detect cognitive decline well before memory problems become noticeable.
The clinically proven results, published in Alzheimer’s & Dementia in October, got the attention of some of the world’s leading memory experts because they offer real hope for future treatment and prevention of this terrible disease.
Significant Improvement in Cognition
In the patients already suffering from memory problems (MCI), those that followed at least 12 of the 21 recommendations saw a significant improvement in cognition. But if they followed fewer than 12 lifestyle recommendations, their memories continued to decline.
In the larger group of patients without MCI, everyone performed better on the sensitive cognitive tests, even if they followed fewer than 12 lifestyle recommendations.
The results substantiated Dr. Isaacson’s belief that lifestyle holds the key to stopping memory loss:
“This is the first study in a real-world clinic setting showing individualized clinical management may … improve cognition in people with the earliest stages of Alzheimer’s,” he said.
“I think this model is a road-map for physicians and patients to work together to improve their brain health.”
Other doctors and scientists not involved in the study agreed.
Lifestyle Changes We Can All Make Now Defying Dementia
While an individualized lifestyle approach is optimal, here are some of Dr. Isaacson’s general lifestyle recommendations to slow or prevent Alzheimer’s disease:
- Incorporate strawberries, blueberries, wild fatty fish, flavanol-rich cocoa, and extra-virgin olive oil into the diet. Cut back on sugar and simple carbohydrates but include whole grains and foods with lots of fiber
- Exercise three or more times a week, combining aerobic exercise with weight training
- Sleep seven-and-a-half hours and go to bed and get up at the same time each day. Avoid drinks with caffeine after 1 PM. For at least 30 minutes before bedtime stop all electronics, texting, email, etc.
- Learn something new like a musical instrument or a foreign language
- Minimize stress by taking up activities like meditation
Latest Life-Changing Lifestyle Defying Dementia seems effective!