Modern Life Causing Early Dementia

Modern life causing early dementia

Modern life causing early dementia

Modern life is causing dementia to develop earlier than ever, according to a study, carried out by Bournemouth University. 

It found that more people are developing the symptoms of mental decline of dementia, blamed on PCs, mobile phones, chemicals and other electronic devices.

Professor Colin Pritchard, who led the study, said that the sharp rise in the deaths from dementia and other neurological disease in under-74s cannot be explained away by the fact we live longer.

Instead, the ‘epidemic’ is down to the environmental and social changes in the modern world, he claimed.

The US topped the list of Western countries with the highest increase in all neurological deaths between 1979 and 2010. The UK had the fourth largest increase, according to World Health Organisation statistics, with men up 32 per cent and women up 48 per cent — representing a rise from 4,500 deaths to 6,500.

Within the figures there is a ‘hidden epidemic’ of deaths in adults under 74, especially the UK, according to the study published in Public Health Journal.

Prof. Pritchard believes that the cause is a combination of factors including the explosion in electronic devices, rises in background non-ionising radiation — PCs, microwaves, TVs, mobile phones; road and air transport up four-fold increasing background petro-chemical pollution; chemical additives to food and so on.

So what can we do to avoid these dangers?  Eat organic wherever possible. Drink out of glass, not plastic. Do not microwave, especially plastics. Drink filtered water. Take regular breaks from computer screens. Use a handset for your mobile phone. Read a book or talk a walk instead of watching TV.

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What is Stevia?

What is stevia

What is stevia?

Stevia, commonly known as sweetleaf, is a great substitute for sugar because of its natural sweetness — without the calories or raising affect on blood sugar.

Plant based, it originated from the rain forests of Brazil and Paraguay. The active ingredient in stevia, stevoside, gives it its sweetness — between 100 and 200 times more than that of sugar.

Research has suggested that stevia might be helpful for diabetes.

Source: Shivanna N et al, 2013, Antioxidant, anti-diabetic and renal protective properties of Stevia rebaudiana, J Diabetes Complications, 27, 2, 103-13, doi: 10.1016/j.jdiacomp.2012.10.001.

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Women Find Higher Protein Diets Help Weight Loss

SalmonAccording to The International Food Information Council Foundation 37% of all consumers are convinced that they can lose weight more easily with a high protein diet. 

A new study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behaviour described how a team surveyed a nationally-representative sample of 1,824 women aged from 40 to 60 years.

They wanted to find out how the women perceived protein sources and how many used a high protein, low carb diet to maintain their body weight.

They found that eating more protein to prevent weight gain is popular among women, and over half of all the obese women and 43% of the women overall in the study ate more protein to prevent weight gain.

The researchers commented that the participants who said they lost weight with “eating more protein” had a dietary protein intake similar to the recommendations in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.

Bear in mind, of course, that not all proteins come from animal sources. Many plants including soya (tofu), other legumes like lentils, quinoa and nuts and seeds are rich in protein too.

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Tummy Fat is Toxic Fat

Woman standing pulling measuring tape around waist.Fat around the middle manufactures an array of chemical messengers including blood-clotting agents, substances that contract blood vessels and raise blood pressure, inflammatory agents, hormones and molecules that control hunger. 

Fat cells are also able to produce an immune response in the body, which causes inflammation.

Fat cells secrete oestrogen and two other compounds — tumour necrosis factor alpha and resistin — both of which interfere with the functioning of insulin.

Not all fat in the body behaves in the same way and it is the fat around the middle that is more metabolically active than fat elsewhere.

It has also been called “toxic fat” because it increases your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, cancer and Type 2 diabetes.

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Mediterranean Diet and Memory

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A mediterranean diet helps keep your brain sharp

I have written before about the association between high cholesterol levels and brain plaques that cause Alzheimer’s Disease. 

Today we look at a study from the University of Alabama that suggests that eating a Mediterranean diet with more omega-3 rich foods and avoiding saturated fats may be linked to preserving memory and thinking abilities.

Published in Neurology Journal, the researchers emphasised that as there are no definitive treatments for most dementing illnesses, diet takes on great importance.

The study enrolled 30,239 people ages 45 and older between January 2003 and October 2007.  It was the largest study yet done on the Mediterranean diet, collecting dietary information from 17,478 African-Americans and Caucasians.

The study found that in healthy people, those who more closely followed the Mediterranean diet were 19 percent less likely to develop problems with their thinking and memory skills.

The study leader commented, “Diet is an important modifiable activity that could help in preserving cognitive functioning in late life. However, it is only one of several important lifestyle activities that might play a role in late-life mental functioning.

“Exercise, avoiding obesity, not smoking cigarettes and taking medications for conditions like diabetes and hypertension are also important.”

The study was supported by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, one of the National Institutes of Health, and the Department of Health and Human Services.

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Could Vitamin D Therapy Help Fight Against Liver Fibrosis?

Vitamin dLiver fibrosis results from an excessive accumulation of tough, fibrous scar tissue and occurs in most types of chronic liver diseases.

In a new study published in the journal Cell, scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have discovered that vitamin D deactivates the switch governing the fibrotic response in mouse liver cells, suggesting a potential new therapy for fibrotic diseases in humans.

“Because there are currently no effective drugs for liver fibrosis, we believe our findings would open a new door for treatment,” says senior author Ronald M. Evans, a professor in Salk’s Gene Expression Laboratory and lead researcher in the Institute’s new Helmsley Centre for Genomic Medicine.

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Good News for Soy Lovers

Soy FoodsThere has been much debate about soy and its effect on thyroid function over the years.

Now, however, a three year safety study appears to definitively state that the soya isoflavone genistein does not affect thyroid function.

I have often recommended soy-based foods and supplements for improving menopausal symptoms and so am pleased that soya has finally been vindicated as a thyroid suppressant.

In this safety investigation, a group of postmenopausal women receiving 54 mg of the soy isoflavone genistein were assessed for thyroid function after three years of treatment and it was found that circulating thyroid hormones were no different to those women who received the placebo.