Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Altzhiemers Poor Diet Links

Will Russell Brand escape Altzhiemer's after adopting a vegan diet?
George Monbiot – The Mind Thieves

We cannot yet state unequivocally that poor diet is a leading cause of Alzheimer’s disease, though we can say that the evidence is strong and growing. But if ever there was a case for the  precautionary principle, here it is. It’s not as if we lose anything by eating less rubbish. Averting a possible epidemic of this devastating disease means taking on the bullies: those who mock people for their pathologies and those who spread the pathologies by peddling a lethal diet. 
George kindly trawls through the studies and research to see if the argument that Altzhiemer's disease is Diabetes type 3 and the links between Altzhiemers and diet or rather poor diet hold up. Great article, great links.

It's not a new idea of course, lack of zinc, b vitamins (especially vitamin B12) essential fats, vitamin D, C and E and a host of other micronutrients have been linked to an increased risk of Altzhiemers for sometime.

Now we have research to suggest why, that insulin in the brain is needed for a variety of protective functions and thus more evidence it's not necessarily another pill we need but better diets.

More vegetables and less meat and cheese

More essential fats ad less saturated animal fat

More complex , b vitamin rich carbohydrates and less sugar

More water and less cola and alcohol

It seems Altzhiemer's disease could be yet another self inflicted preventable disease to add to the list of Heart Disease, Diabetes, Stroke, and some cancers that are primarily caused by inappropriate high calorie low nutrient diets

Will the likes of Russell Brand, Mike Tyson and Bill Clinton escape the tentacles of Altzhiemer's after adopting a vegan diet? Could this be the subject of the next China Study *?

* China Study, The: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-term Health