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  • New Member Asked on December 31, 2017 in Aging.

    Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging.

    Memory problems are typically one of the first warning signs of cognitive loss.

    According to the National Institute on Aging, in addition to memory problems, someone with Alzheimer’s disease may experience one or more of the following signs:

    Memory loss that disrupts daily life, such as getting lost in a familiar place or repeating questions.
    Trouble handling money and paying bills.
    Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure.
    Decreased or poor judgment.
    Misplaces things and being unable to retrace steps to find them.
    Changes in mood, personality, or behavioral.
    If you or someone you know has several or even most of the signs listed above, it does not mean that you or they have Alzheimer’s disease. It is important to consult a health care provider when you or someone you know has concerns about memory loss, thinking skills, or behavioral changes.

    Some causes for symptoms, such as depression and drug interactions, are reversible. However, they can be serious and should be identified and treated by a health care provider as soon as possible.
    Early and accurate diagnosis provides opportunities for you and your family to consider or review financial planning, develop advance directives, enroll in clinical trials, and anticipate care needs.p

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  • New Member Asked on December 31, 2017 in Aging.

    In 2013, as many as 5 million Americans were living with Alzheimer’s disease.

    The symptoms of the disease can first appear after age 60 and the risk increases with age.

    Younger people may get Alzheimer’s disease, but it is less common.

    The number of people living with the disease doubles every 5 years beyond age 65.

    By 2050, this number is projected to rise to 14 million people, a nearly three-fold increase.

    Scientists do not yet fully understand what causes Alzheimer’s disease. There probably is not one single cause, but several factors that affect each person differently.

    • Age is the best known risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease.
    • Family history—researchers believe that genetics may play a role in developing Alzheimer’s disease.
    • Changes in the brain can begin years before the first symptoms appear.
    • Researchers are studying whether education, diet, and environment play a role in developing Alzheimer’s disease.
    • Scientists are finding more evidence that some of the risk factors for heart disease and stroke, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol may also increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
    • There is growing evidence that physical, mental, and social activities may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

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  • New Member Asked on December 31, 2017 in Aging.

    The most common type of dementia.
    A progressive disease beginning with mild memory loss possibly leading to loss of the ability to carry on a conversation and respond to the environment.
    Involves parts of the brain that control thought, memory, and language.
    Can seriously affect a person’s ability to carry out daily activities.
    Although scientists are learning more every day, right now, they still do not know what causes Alzheimer’s disease.

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  • New Member Asked on December 31, 2017 in Diabetes.

    Lifestyle changes (for example, diet and exercise) clearly are important, and education about these changes needs to be directed to groups at risk for diabetes. Below are some natural ways to improve insulin responsiveness:

    Eat Healthy Fats: Eating a variety of foods high in short, medium and long-chain fatty acids is key to keeping your hormones in check. Your body needs various types of fats to create hormones, including saturated fat and cholesterol. Not only are these essential fats fundamental building blocks for hormone production, but they keep inflammation levels low, boost your metabolism and promote weight loss. My four favorite sources of anti-inflammatory, healthy fats include: coconut oil, avocados, grass-fed butter and wild-caught salmon.

    Balance Your Intake of Omega-3 to Omega-6 Fats: I’ve seen an onslaught of chronic diseases caused by inflammatory processes literally take over our society, and a major reason why is because of very disproportionate fatty acids in our modern diet. Be sure to steer clear from oils high in omega-6 fats (safflower, sunflower, corn, cottonseed, canola, soybean and peanut), and load up on rich sources of natural omega-3s instead (wild fish, flaxseed, chia seeds, walnuts and grass-fed animal products).

    Improve Gut Health & Heal Leaky Gut Syndrome: Leaky gut is a condition that not only affects your digestive tract, but also causes hormone issues. Gut problems have been found to trigger autoimmune reactions, including arthritis and thyroid disorders. Most people with leaky gut have a deficiency of probiotics in their guts. Probiotics are healthy bacteria that can actually improve your production and regulation of key hormones like insulin, ghrelin and leptin. Steer clear of the foods that can cause damage in your digestive system most, including: processed foods, gluten, hydrogenated oils and added sugar.

    Exercise: One of the best all-around activities you can do for your health is high intensity interval training (HIIT) – including one of my favorite types called burst training. If there is a silver bullet out there to help with a sluggish metabolism, weight gain and other issues, this just might be it! Exercise in general is great for balancing hormones because it reduces inflammation, can help you maintain a healthy weight, lowers stress, helps regulate your appetite, and aids in getting better sleep.

    Reduce Stress & Get More Sleep: Unless you get 7-8 hours of sleep every night, you’re doing your body no favors. A Lack of sleep or disturbing your natural circadian rhythm can be one of the worst habits contributing to a hormone imbalance. Excessive stress and poor sleep are linked with higher levels of morning cortisol, decreased immunity, trouble with work performance, and a higher susceptibility to anxiety, weight gain and depression.

    Watch Your Caffeine & Alcohol Intake: Caffeine in moderate amounts might be okay for some people, but drinking too much caffeine is almost as bad as not getting enough sleep. Caffeine, which can stay in your system for up to six hours, is a chemical that affects the central nervous system (CNS) and raises your heart rate, increases alertness, and changes the way your brain produces hormones.

    Supplement with Vitamin D3: According to an article from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, vitamin D affects “the adaptive immune system, the innate immune system, insulin secretion by the pancreatic ß cell, multifactorial heart functioning and blood pressure regulation, and brain and fetal development.” Vitamin D almost acts like a hormone inside the body and has important implications for keeping inflammation levels low.

    Liver: The #1 Superfood to Balance Hormones: Gram for gram, liver is the most nutrient-dense food on the planet. Due to its unique nutritional profile, liver easily deserves the title, “Ideal Superfood to Balance Hormones.” Most importantly, liver provides the highest source of vitamin A, one of the most valuable vitamins to balance hormones. Vitamin A not only improves thyroid function, it improves liver health so we can synthesize and detox hormones well. Hormonal imbalance further compromises your ability to convert the carotene into usable vitamin A.

    Avoid Harmful Chemicals: Harmful chemicals found in pesticides, plastics, household cleaners, and even mattresses can contain hormone disrupting chemicals that mimic hormones in the body and keep the body from producing real hormones. Things like hormonal birth control can (obviously) do the same thing. For those with a hormone imbalance or who are struggling to get pregnant, avoiding these unnecessary chemicals is very important! Cook in glass or non-coated metal pans and avoid heating or storing foods in plastic. Find organic produce and meat whenever possible and don’t use chemical pesticides or cleaners. Beauty products are another source of chemical exposure for many people.

    This answer accepted by Jetro Olowole. on December 31, 2017 Earned 15 points.

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