As the largest resource of information specific to women's brain health, we are sure you will find what you are looking for, and promise that you will discover new information.
Published on: July 24, 2013
by PR Web:
New Dietary Guidelines for Alzheimer’s Prevention developed by the nonprofit Physicians Committee and an international panel of brain researchers were released this past weekend at the International Conference on Nutrition and the Brain. Nearly 550 health care professionals attending the conference on July 19 and 20, in Washington, D.C., were urged to immediately put into practice the seven dietary principles to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and promote brain health.
“A generation ago, we beat tobacco. The current generation of clinicians is in a battle over food—especially Alzheimer’s-promoting foods such as those which contain saturated and trans fats,” says Physicians Committee president Neal Barnard, M.D. “Research is rarely clean and unambiguous. But we potentially have the capabilities to prevent a disease that is poised to affect 100 million people worldwide by 2050. Why wait?”
The Dietary Guidelines for Alzheimer’s Prevention recommend brain-healthy habits that are very similar to the habits that prevent heart disease: avoiding the saturated and trans fats found in meats, dairy products, and snack foods; basing the diet on plant-based foods; adding healthful sources of vitamin E; and others. Combining this diet with physical exercise and avoiding excess metals—such as iron and copper in multivitamins—can maximize protection for the brain.
“The unfortunate diet habits baby boomers developed in the 70s and 80s are now bearing their fruit,” says Dr. Barnard. “Turn on a TV. Half of the commercials are for high-fat snacks and junk food. The other half are for medications to reverse the effects of those foods.”
Health care professionals who attended the conference sampled the dietary recommendations firsthand by enjoying plant-based, nutrient-rich meals such as roasted broccoli salad, spiced chickpea curry, baby bok choy, and blueberry sorbet. More than 100 attendees participated in a boot camp workout, which challenged both their bodies and minds.
“Clinicians need to set a good example,” Susan Levin, M.S., R.D., C.S.S.D., urged clinicians. “Nutrition and lifestyle changes should be at the core of ‘conventional’ medical practice. Medications should serve as ‘alternative’ medicine, when nutrition and lifestyle changes are not enough.”
Levin discussed ways for health care practitioners to set public examples: Talk to food service directors at elementary schools, work with hospital cafeterias to offer healthful options, and swap out junk food in vending machines for whole foods. Clinicians can also be nutrition role models by offering grocery store tours, coordinating cooking demos, and posting information about healthful nutrition in exam rooms.
“Prevention can never begin too early,” says Dr. Barnard. “We need to take action now with kids and schools—students today receive a diagnosis for high cholesterol before they earn their high school diploma.”
In addition to the release of the guidelines, the International Conference on Nutrition and the Brain, jointly sponsored by The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and the Physicians Committee, featured 16 presenting researchers from five countries discussing how nutrients and lifestyle behaviors affect common brain disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, migraines, and other conditions. Videos of the conference’s presentations will be available on the Physicians Committee’s NutritionCME.org website starting this summer.
Dementia is a progressively debilitating neurodegenerative condition. Early intervention and reducing its development by identifying its risk factors are the main goals in dementia treatment. This is particularly important as there is little...
Yale researchers have tested a new method for directly measuring synaptic loss in individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. The method, which uses PET imaging technology to scan for a specific protein in the brain linked to synapses, has...
Sometimes, the hardest part of living with a mental illness isn’t the symptoms, or the management — it’s dealing with stigma from other people. And unfortunately, many people who live with mental illness face stigma...
The material presented through the Think Tank feature on this website is in no way intended to replace professional medical care or attention by a qualified practitioner. WBHI strongly advises all questioners and viewers using this feature with health problems to consult a qualified physician, especially before starting any treatment. The materials provided on this website cannot and should not be used as a basis for diagnosis or choice of treatment. The materials are not exhaustive and cannot always respect all the most recent research in all areas of medicine.