Alzheimer’s disease is on the rise—with recent estimates indicating that AD is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. behind heart disease and cancer.  While currently there is no pharmaceutical cure, there are ways to prevent and treat it, even if it runs in the family or you carry the APOE4 gene.  Additionally, if you or a family member are showing signs of cognitive decline, Sharp Again Naturally (a nonprofit devoted to spreading the message on overlooked causes and available treatments) recommends investigating and rectifying the following nongenetic causes before accepting a diagnosis.  Here are some examples:

  1. Nutritional imbalances and deficiencies
  2. Prescription medication side effects
  3. Toxins in food, water, air and indoor spaces
  4. Mercury and other heavy metal exposures
  5. Hormonal imbalances
  6. Inflammation and infection
  7. Sedentary lifestyle
  8. Lacking mental stimulation and social interaction
  9. Sleep and breathing problems
  10. Physical and emotional trauma or prolonged stress
     

While advancements in treatment options, such as the Bredesen Protocol, have resulted in notable recoveries from cognitive decline—still the best way to treat dementia is to prevent it!

Not surprisingly, the best time to start preventing cognitive decline is during childhood.  Early life adoption of habits such as healthy eating, daily physical activity, adequate sleep, managing stress, and minimizing heavy metal, chemical and environmental toxins is the best way to significantly downregulate genetic and overall risk.  Dodging toxic stress and other adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) also appears to reduce risk. In fact, research shows higher levels of childhood adversity or trauma are associated with later-life mental health risks including depression, anxiety, suicide, dementia and Alzheimer disease.

 

 

These materials are provided to you by Blythedale Children’s Hospital and Kohl’s
Eat Well, Be Well Nutrition Outreach Program.
For more tips and information, please visit www.blythedale.org/kohls.

 

Kohl's Eat Well, Be Well Program

Blythedale Children's Hospital, through the generosity of Kohl’s Department Stores, is proud to offer Blythedale and Kohl's Eat Well, Be Well, an innovative outreach program designed to bring health and nutrition education to schools throughout Westchester and Putnam counties. Through this program, Blythedale staff members teach healthy eating habits to children by providing curricula, training and educational tools to school districts throughout the area. The program provides general nutrition guidelines to students, parents and school faculty. Blythedale Children's Hospital offers experts in nutrition and health-education to speak with local parenting groups, PTAs and school personnel.

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