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Alzheimer’s disease and Diet: What You Eat Really Matters

  • May 3, 2014

Alzheimer’s disease is a wide-spread condition that affects more than 5 million men and women in America. Approximately every 67 seconds, around the clock, someone in the U.S. develops this aggressive and debilitating disease. Though there is no known cure for this illness, recent research points toward a highly promising preventive method: changing your diet now to prevent Alzheimer’s disease in the future. At LANAP & Implant Center of Pennsylvania in Collegeville and Williamsport, PA, Dr. David DiGiallorenzo and his team offer our patients fundamental dietary information that may help reduce their risks of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other medical conditions.

How Does Diet Factor In?

Research from the Mayo Clinic shows that diets that are high in carbohydrates have been linked to an 89 percent rise in risk for developing dementia. In addition, diets that restrict saturated fats too stringently can also increase your risk for Alzheimer’s later in life. While it is important to limit “bad” cholesterol in your diet to a certain extent, it is vital that your brain receive enough of the “good” fats that maintain its health.

Without a sufficient amount of fat to contribute to communication between synapses – as well as to protect the myelin sheaths that facilitate neuron function – the brain simply cannot work to its highest capacity. Other factors that may prove instrumental in the eventual development of dementia include periodontal disease, prolonged high blood sugar levels, diabetes, a sedentary lifestyle, and overuse of antibiotic medications.

With all of the fad diets that have come and gone over the years, it becomes difficult for health-conscious men and women to separate the hype from the truth. At LANAP & Implant Center of Pennsylvania, we strive to provide our patients with the vital information and resources they need to avoid life-altering health conditions as they age, including Alzheimer’s disease.

You Have the Power to Choose

We choose what we eat, so the power to proactively prevent major health issues like Alzheimer’s disease. If you ever have any questions about how nutrition impacts your dental or overall health, know that Dr. DiGiallorenzo and our entire team are here to help. We offer a comprehensive array of preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry, ensuring that you have all of the tools and information you need to live a long and healthy life, complete with a gorgeous smile you can be confident about. Contact our office for more information, or to schedule your visit with our team today. We happily serve patients from throughout Williamsport, Collegeville, Bloomsburg, Sunbury, Pottstown, Lock Haven, and beyond.