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Lifestyle Changes Can Reverse Alzheimer’s

Last summer, a research group from UCLA published the results of a new approach in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. Although the size of the study was small, every participant demonstrated such marked improvement that almost all were found to be in the normal range on testing for memory and cognition by the study’s end.

Functionally, this amounts to a cure for Alzheimer’s.

These are important findings, not only because Alzheimer’s disease is projected to become ever more common as the population ages, but because current treatment options offer minimal improvement at best.

The results from UCLA aren’t due to an incredible new drug or medical breakthrough; instead, researchers examined a variety of different lifestyle modifications that affect common aspects of Alzheimer’s, such as inflammation and insulin resistance. Participants were counselled to change their diet (eat a lot more veggies), exercise, develop techniques for stress management, and improve their sleep, among other interventions. The most common “side effect” was weight loss.

Researchers have spent billions of dollars in an effort to understand the molecular basis of Alzheimer’s in the hope that it will lead to a cure, or at least to more effective therapies. And although knowledge of the disease has greatly expanded, all that money has not resulted in many successful treatments.

The study is notable not only for its remarkable outcomes, but also in its approach. It’s a fresh way of thinking about the treatment of a complex, chronic disease.

The scientists chose to set aside the microscopes and instead focused on ordinary behaviors.

The method isn’t entirely novel. Researchers have already shown that comprehensive lifestyle interventions can significantly improve outcomes in cardiovascular disease, diabetes and hypertension. But it’s difficult for these approaches to gain traction for two reasons.

First, testing how lifestyle changes can impact chronic illnesses are way more complex than simply taking a pill at bedtime. Patients need ongoing education, counselling and support to effect meaningful change.

Second, the pharmaceutical mode of treatment is deeply embedded within our current medical system. Insurance companies are set up to pay for medication, not lifestyle change; and physicians are taught pharmacology, not nutrition.

Despite these difficulties, it’s time to start taking these approaches much more seriously. The prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease is expected to triple over the next three decades, to nearly 14 million in the United States alone. Diabetes and other chronic diseases are expected to follow a similar trajectory. Trying to confront this epidemic with medication alone will raise a new host of problems, from prohibitive cost to adverse effects, without addressing any underlying cause.

We know that comprehensive lifestyle modification can work for many chronic diseases — in some cases, just as good as taking medication. It deserves more than passing mention at the end of an annual check-up — it’s time to make it a cornerstone in the treatment not only of Alzheimer’s disease, but of all chronic disease.

The above article is courtesy of My EZ Health Guide and is intended for informational purposes only.

165 Comments
  • Rohan
    Posted at 14:14h, 23 April Reply

    Good info

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      Posted at 00:07h, 05 June Reply

      Hi
      Thank you for the article. Very informative
      Thanks

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    Posted at 14:14h, 23 April Reply

    Good info helped me alot

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    Posted at 14:28h, 23 April Reply

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    Posted at 14:29h, 23 April Reply

    Great article

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    Posted at 14:32h, 23 April Reply

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    Posted at 14:36h, 23 April Reply

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  • Harold Little
    Posted at 14:42h, 23 April Reply

    I’ve seen a lot of information on Alzheimer’s recently. I’ve not had anyone in my family suffer from it, but my wife has. It is not a pretty thing to watch. I’m glad to know there are things that can be done to mitigate getting it.

  • Gisell Diaz-Alita
    Posted at 14:44h, 23 April Reply

    This makes me sad my grandma had this had no idea who we were I’m glad their are things we can do to avoid

  • Gary Burke
    Posted at 14:44h, 23 April Reply

    Thanks

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    Posted at 14:47h, 23 April Reply

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    Posted at 14:50h, 23 April Reply

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    Posted at 14:51h, 23 April Reply

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    Posted at 14:51h, 23 April Reply

    Very interesting. I have a 54 year old brother-in-law diagnosed with alzheimers.

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    Posted at 14:52h, 23 April Reply

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    Posted at 14:53h, 23 April Reply

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    Posted at 15:05h, 23 April Reply

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    Posted at 15:05h, 23 April Reply

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    Posted at 15:06h, 23 April Reply

    I have already started making changes I am already losing weight thank you

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    Posted at 15:07h, 23 April Reply

    Ty

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    Posted at 15:07h, 23 April Reply

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    Posted at 15:09h, 23 April Reply

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    Posted at 15:21h, 23 April Reply

    encouraging!

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    Posted at 15:23h, 23 April Reply

    Great read..I believe all Doctors should address nutrition before medication.

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    Posted at 15:31h, 23 April Reply

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    Posted at 15:32h, 23 April Reply

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    Posted at 15:39h, 23 April Reply

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    Posted at 15:41h, 23 April Reply

    Helpful info

  • Leasa Bowman
    Posted at 15:42h, 23 April Reply

    Good article, it is so sad to see someone lose their memory…glad to know the researchers are still marching on. Thank you!

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    Posted at 15:43h, 23 April Reply

    Thanks.

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    Posted at 15:44h, 23 April Reply

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  • Sandra Vicks
    Posted at 15:48h, 23 April Reply

    Need to Cher with doctors on a regular basis.

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    Posted at 15:52h, 23 April Reply

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    Posted at 15:56h, 23 April Reply

    Thanks!

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    Posted at 15:57h, 23 April Reply

    Agreed

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    Posted at 16:00h, 23 April Reply

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    Posted at 16:23h, 23 April Reply

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    Posted at 16:32h, 23 April Reply

    This is very hopeful information! It’s an Interesting note that that our medical system and culture look for and anticipate medicines to cure our bodies’ ailments, when it appears that our bodies themselves have a greater capacity within themselves to better their own health and well-being.

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    Posted at 16:33h, 23 April Reply

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    Posted at 17:02h, 23 April Reply

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    Posted at 17:28h, 23 April Reply

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    Posted at 18:23h, 23 April Reply

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    Posted at 18:32h, 23 April Reply

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  • Franklyn Emerson
    Posted at 18:35h, 23 April Reply

    Wish it had been more in depth, then just in general

  • TRISH BOWMAN
    Posted at 19:05h, 23 April Reply

    THANK YOU!

  • Craig Williams
    Posted at 19:30h, 23 April Reply

    Ty

  • Alexander Broderick
    Posted at 19:43h, 23 April Reply

    Wierd i swear I learned something similar last year in college, but note the one thing missing is the subject of sleep.

    If u have 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night u are less likely to get the disease alzheimer’s.

    However, if u get less sleep like 6 or lower u have a higher chance bc ur not giving ur brain enough time to clear the slime out of ur brain. Because when u sleep the brain flushes all sorts of slime out of ur head and filters health fluids to keep ur brain in tip top shape…

    but little sleep it gets stuck and builds up to the point it starts causing preasure on the brain stopping blood flow to certain parts causing u to forget junk. (In simple terms)

  • Jeff Anthony
    Posted at 20:05h, 23 April Reply

    It’s great to receive information that can help provide positive results by taking action with diet and exercise

  • Paul Phelps
    Posted at 20:26h, 23 April Reply

    Good to know

  • Mikalea N Bunyan
    Posted at 20:30h, 23 April Reply

    Yes! I have seen studies that say the chances are higher if you don’t get enough sleep.

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    Posted at 21:00h, 23 April Reply

    Good read! Enjoyed the info

  • Laurie Lierman
    Posted at 21:00h, 23 April Reply

    Good article! Another reason to lose some weight.

  • Shelby York
    Posted at 21:03h, 23 April Reply

    Thanks for info

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    Posted at 21:56h, 23 April Reply

    Great article, will definitely share with loved ones

  • Howie Thompson
    Posted at 00:01h, 24 April Reply

    Thank you

  • Mable Freeman
    Posted at 00:04h, 24 April Reply

    Thank you

  • John DeMarco
    Posted at 00:22h, 24 April Reply

    This article provides great insight into long term health maintenance.

  • Jennifer Zolnier
    Posted at 00:25h, 24 April Reply

    Interesting

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    Posted at 00:27h, 24 April Reply

    Ty

  • Michelle Grant
    Posted at 00:33h, 24 April Reply

    That is excellent info thank you

  • Sedrick King
    Posted at 00:56h, 24 April Reply

    Great information on how diet change could impact our health.

  • Yvonne Lees
    Posted at 00:57h, 24 April Reply

    Great article

  • Andrew Ickes
    Posted at 01:26h, 24 April Reply

    I would love to learn more about the link between nutrition and Alzheimer’s disease.

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    Posted at 01:28h, 24 April Reply

    Great info.

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    Posted at 01:47h, 24 April Reply

    Great information/read

  • Dan Robertson
    Posted at 01:52h, 24 April Reply

    Good to know!

  • Mitchell Macarthur
    Posted at 02:05h, 24 April Reply

    I have many friends who parents have experienced this horrible disease. It is so sad to watch the progression happening right before your eyes.

  • Jim Cosby
    Posted at 02:06h, 24 April Reply

    Very interesting

  • SANDRA SCHREIBER
    Posted at 02:15h, 24 April Reply

    Good and informative

  • Robert McClure
    Posted at 02:31h, 24 April Reply

    Where can I get a copy of the study?

  • carmen roe
    Posted at 02:44h, 24 April Reply

    great article about a terrible disease

  • Elton Edwards
    Posted at 03:49h, 24 April Reply

    Very informative

  • Rachelle Gizinski
    Posted at 10:50h, 24 April Reply

    What are the studies on why younger people get it ?

  • Robin Thomas
    Posted at 11:26h, 24 April Reply

    Great article!

  • Charles gale
    Posted at 12:08h, 24 April Reply

    Good info Thanks

  • Tina Cool
    Posted at 12:12h, 24 April Reply

    Sounds too good to be true. What specifics help make this lifestyle change work?

  • BRIAN URSO
    Posted at 12:22h, 24 April Reply

    Good read.

  • Robyn Short
    Posted at 13:09h, 24 April Reply

    I would like for this article to be expanded with more information on how to make lifestyle changes and the effect they had.

  • Ben Young
    Posted at 18:13h, 24 April Reply

    Thanks

  • Jackie Messenger
    Posted at 18:34h, 24 April Reply

    Thank you!

  • Pam Wells
    Posted at 19:02h, 24 April Reply

    Great article and very informative

  • David Murray
    Posted at 19:26h, 24 April Reply

    Good information thanks.

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    Posted at 19:39h, 24 April Reply

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    Posted at 19:56h, 24 April Reply

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    Posted at 19:57h, 24 April Reply

    Great information.

  • John Swanson
    Posted at 20:50h, 24 April Reply

    Good info on the impact of lifestyle

  • Carl Allen
    Posted at 21:02h, 24 April Reply

    Interesting

  • Thomas Powell
    Posted at 22:34h, 24 April Reply

    Good article and easy to implement

  • Kimberly K Reed
    Posted at 23:57h, 24 April Reply

    Interesting

  • Barb Moury
    Posted at 00:07h, 25 April Reply

    Sounds good but how long will it take to be put on the medical agenda for the common person

  • Judith Hagerty
    Posted at 00:24h, 25 April Reply

    Interesting information….time for a change.

  • Alphonso Clark
    Posted at 00:55h, 25 April Reply

    Good information

  • Sherri daily
    Posted at 02:21h, 25 April Reply

    Very interesting and I definitely agree. Lifestyle change is imperative for our society to become more healthy

  • Tracy Hedl
    Posted at 09:11h, 25 April Reply

    Ty

  • Nathan Jennings
    Posted at 13:35h, 25 April Reply

    Nice

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    Posted at 14:34h, 25 April Reply

    good info

  • Donnie Thomas
    Posted at 17:51h, 25 April Reply

    Thanks for the update

  • Randy Hines
    Posted at 18:50h, 25 April Reply

    Thank you for the hope to help with this disease

  • Vicki Koch
    Posted at 19:15h, 25 April Reply

    It’s scary, because it runs in my family. Great information!

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    Posted at 23:03h, 25 April Reply

    Good information to keep in mind!

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    Not Yet

  • Juanita Davis
    Posted at 23:07h, 25 April Reply

    This is frustrating it is not a duplicate comment

  • Karen Brewer
    Posted at 00:24h, 26 April Reply

    Good information on a growing concern for many!

  • Amanda McCord
    Posted at 01:29h, 26 April Reply

    Very helpful

  • Kristin Meschke
    Posted at 02:38h, 26 April Reply

    Awesome news!!

  • Mary Lou Rainone
    Posted at 04:05h, 26 April Reply

    Very interesting! I would like to know more about those lifestyle changes. And I’m sure drug companies would love for those research results and this article to disappear! Very true that doctor’s training stresses pharmacology over nutrition and the whole health insurance industry only encourages that approach! Very disturbing.

  • Peggy Herrlein
    Posted at 11:13h, 26 April Reply

    Good article. Thanks.

  • Rick
    Posted at 12:00h, 26 April Reply

    Very good information.

  • Helen Dalrymple
    Posted at 16:28h, 26 April Reply

    Good info

  • Scott Bash
    Posted at 16:31h, 26 April Reply

    Interesting & informative, thank you

  • Brian Bailey
    Posted at 21:43h, 26 April Reply

    As an adult with diabetes, life style and dietary changes most definitely make a difference in the effects of a chronic disease. I can see where this would help altzheimers too. Good read!

  • James J Rocco
    Posted at 23:36h, 26 April Reply

    Interesting but not surprising. Probably 90% of health issues are related to lack of exercise, poor diet, and lack of quality sleep.

  • Edward L Reiman
    Posted at 16:54h, 01 May Reply

    Thank you, my Grandparents on my maternal and paternal side both had developed this heart wrenching problem.

  • Cheryl Grose
    Posted at 17:34h, 01 May Reply

    Good information

  • William Manis
    Posted at 16:09h, 02 May Reply

    Good info My wife needs to pay close attention to this article

  • Randy Hines
    Posted at 16:19h, 02 May Reply

    It seems exercise and diet is good food a lot of thing. Ty

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    Posted at 16:21h, 02 May Reply

    Good information

  • Cheryl Grose
    Posted at 17:38h, 02 May Reply

    Thanks

  • Bill
    Posted at 17:10h, 03 May Reply

    Thanks, useful info

  • Ruth Ellen Allred
    Posted at 03:26h, 07 May Reply

    Thank you I’m already taking garlic an will get back to my concoktion of cinnamon,tumeric, capsacion and love the hearth Heath of it too.making a difference in my health . Thank you

  • Nina Graham
    Posted at 16:13h, 07 May Reply

    Thank you for good info!

  • Chris Barlow
    Posted at 17:47h, 07 May Reply

    Thanks for informing me.

  • Jeff Chadwick
    Posted at 23:02h, 07 May Reply

    Horrible disease

  • Ericka N Cooks
    Posted at 03:42h, 08 May Reply

    Very interesting

  • Ericka N Cooks
    Posted at 03:42h, 08 May Reply

    Thanks!

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    Posted at 02:34h, 10 May Reply

    Helpful info

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    Posted at 06:47h, 12 May Reply

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