Eating for Brain Health

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Andrea DiMauro

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Andrea DiMauro examines the relationship between declining brain health and sugar consumption, most notably in people between the ages of 70-89. She discusses the possible manifestations, such as impaired memory, and suggests brain boosting foods like pastured butter and coconut oil.

Does what you eat affect how you think? Way back in 2005, an accidental discovery was made by a neuropathologist at Brown University studying the hippocampus (ha!), the part of your brain responsible for memory. It seems that your brain also produces insulin in response to sugar.

So with overconsumption of sugar comes yet another type of diabetes they are calling Type 3. What does it look like? Impaired memory: “Why was I telling you this?”, impaired language: “We need gas in the cat. I mean car. Gas in the car.” Impaired thinking: “I’m confused” and impaired judgement: “But if I buy the necklace, I’ll win the sweepstakes!”

Who is at greatest risk? The opportunity is open to everyone but those most notably affected seem to be in the 70-89 year old age bracket. As people age, they can lose interest in cooking and preparing real food and may instead begin to rely on convenient pleasure foods like cookies, cakes and candies to satisfy hunger. A dramatic decline in health has been observed following the death of a spouse and there is strong evidence to suggest that poor diet contributes to this. Perhaps loneliness drives away the desire to prepare whole meals and they are replaced with cocktails or sweets. These habits can set anyone up for Type 3 Diabetes which, with it’s brain fog and forgetfulness, is a close kin to Alzheimer’s and dementia and probably a predecessor.

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