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Mental Health – Dementia

Researchers Link High Carb Diet With Increased Risk of Dementia

Posted February 24, 2014

Even small increases in blood sugar caused by a diet high in carbohydrates can be detrimental to brain health. Recent reports in medical literature link carbohydrate calorie-rich diets to a greater risk for brain shrinkage, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, impaired cognition, and other disorders.

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Want to save your brain from dementia? Hit the treadmill and pump some weights

Posted January 13, 2014

The longest-ever study examining the effect of lifestyle choices on chronic disease has concluded that moderate exercise may be the single most effective way to prevent dementia.

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Study: Intensive exercise training program for dementia patients improves care in clinical setting

Posted January 9, 2014

A study by researchers at the University of Arizona Department of Surgery, published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, showed that an innovative, customized exercise program applied to clinical practice substantially improved care for dementia patients.

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High-flavanol cocoa powder and spirulina could prevent senile dementia

Posted December 19, 2013

If you’re consuming both cocoa powder and spirulina, you may consider how it could protect you from diminishing memory, cognitive decline and other forms of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s, as you age. And that’s not all. The positive cardiovascular effects of these two superfoods are also substantial.

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Five lifestyle behaviors lower dementia risk by 60 percent, way more than any drug or allopathic advice

Posted December 18, 2013

As we approach an epidemic in the number of newly diagnosed cases of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, irrefutable evidence continues to emerge supporting the science behind following simple lifestyle modifications to dramatically lower the risk of developing memory-robbing illnesses and most other chronic diseases as well. Based on the current trend, experts fear that as many as one in three Americans over the age of 65 will suffer from some degree of dementia by the year 2050.

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Five healthy behaviors lower dementia risk, study shows

Posted December 11, 2013

A 35-year study from the UK cites five lifestyle behaviors that have been shown to reduce the risk of cognitive decline, and researchers say these healthy habits are more beneficial than medical treatments or preventative procedures.

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35 year study finds exercise reduces risk of dementia

Posted December 10, 2013

The study identifies five healthy behaviours as being integral to having the best chance of leading a disease-free lifestyle: taking regular exercise, non-smoking, a low bodyweight, a healthy diet and a low alcohol intake.

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Exercise ‘is good dementia therapy’

Posted December 6, 2013

People with dementia who exercise improve their thinking abilities and everyday life, a body of medical research concludes. The Cochrane Collaboration carried out a systematic review of eight exercise trials involving more than 300 patients living at home or in care.

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Study Finds You May Be Able to Dance Away Dementia

Posted December 4, 2013

Scientists are discovering some fascinating advantages of dance that go beyond the expected effects of exercise. In certain maladies, this activity is trumping other modes of intervention, leading to improved health that could not likely be attained by any other means.

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A randomized, controlled cross-over trial of dermally-applied lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) oil as a treatment of agitated behaviour in dementia

Posted November 13, 2013

Lavender essential oil shows evidence of sedative properties in neurophysiological and animal studies but clinical trials of its effectiveness as a treatment of agitation in people with dementia have shown mixed results. Study methods have varied widely, however, making comparisons hazardous. To help remedy previous methodological shortcomings, we delivered high grade lavender oil in specified amounts to nursing home residents whose agitated behaviours were recorded objectively.

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