Hi all it’s the aftermath of Easter and my body is coming down after the sugar rush. I try and avoid sugar, dairy and gluten but I slip up sometimes!
It’s still school holidays so things aren’t quite as tidy as I would like them at home and Henry the puppy ate a make-up sponge and was sick this morning. But hey life’s too short to worry too much!
Or is it………..?
The number of people developing Alzheimers is on the rise. Sadly, my own mother has the early stages. Do we really know what causes this dreadful disease and if it’s preventable?
Research has identified many risk factors associated with dementia related conditions. According to the Alzheimer’s Society it’s impossible to eliminate every single one; after all we can’t avoid age, which is the most significant. While it is possible to develop dementia early in life, the chances of doing so increase dramatically with age. One in 50 people between the ages of 65 and 70 have a form of dementia, compared to one in five people over the age of 80.
Researchers have discovered some important factors that affect our risk of developing dementia. These include age and genetics, but also medical history, lifestyle and environmental factors. Our risk of developing dementia depends upon a combination of these risk factors. Some of them, such as our age or genes, cannot be controlled. Other risk factors can be controlled, for example by changing our lifestyle.
An enterprising young man named Max Lugavere is asking for people to get involved in a project he’s running to make a full length documentary called Bread Head – see the trailer here. He’s looking for crowd funding – seems a very cleaver young man!
In the trailer he interviews a top neuroscientist, Suzanne de la Monte and she reported that the same biomarkers that are evident in diabetes type two are there in Alzheimers and because of that they are now referring to Alzheimers as type 3 diabetes!
In The Lancet it was reported that 1 in 3 Alzheimer cases worldwide might be attributable to potentially modifiable risk factors. In other words be preventable!
Changes in the brain occur 30 years before you receive the first symptom so it’s clear we need to look closely at our diet now!
Gluten is a protein found in cereals wheat, rye and barley. Most people eat way too much but some research shows that actually our bodies haven’t evolved sufficiently to be able to process this protein at all. There are obvious cases of allergy to this like Celiac Disease and many people have a known intolerance which then affects their gut in one of several ways and can affect their autoimmune system.
But let’s not just stop at the effect on the gut – brain fog and fatigue are symptoms of both celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity. On a more serious note, the gut inflammation and microbiome disturbances involved in the immune-inflammatory response to gluten may increase vulnerability to dementia and Alzheimers disease. Autoimmunity in general is also linked to depression.
What’s clear from the title of the movie is that the producers believe that gluten has a significant part to play in the disease and that is what they want to prove – I shall keep my eye open for this film as I will want to watch it!
See you again soon for more news on sugar and ow to make “healthy” chocolate – yes really.