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Does a diet high in carbohydrates increase your risk of dementia?

An important health issue is preventing constant high blood sugar surges after eating carbohydrates. They cause insulin spikes that age-out your arteries, brain, and other organs. You may wish to check out an interview with David Perlmutter, MD, "Rethinking Dietary Approaches for Brain Health," on the topic of whether a diet high in carbohydrates increases your risk of dementia. Studies in the past have focused on a diet high in simple carbs as contributing to cataracts and other health conditions. The issue is the rise in blood sugar from foods. Will a diet for brain health also clog the coronary arteries if it's high fat in the case where dietary fat is clogging the arteries?

Does a diet high in carbohydrates increase your risk of dementia?
Photo credit: Alternative and Complementary Therapies journal cover.

There's the issue with gluten-stimulating zonulin in increasing the permeability of the blood-brain barrier. So why does this diet recommend high fat, which is opposite the low-fat except for ground flax seed diets of numerous doctors trying to help unclog and reverse clogged arteries by focusing on plant sterols and stanols instead of the high-fat diet that clogs the carotids?

The issue is preventing surges in blood sugar caused by eating a high carb diet

People wonder what happens when a person is told to go on a mostly vegan diet to reverse the clogged arteries caused by genetic predisposition where the same condition to clogged arteries runs in the family and those family members ate high fat diets? 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. David Perlmutter, MD, best-selling author of Grain Brain, explores this important topic in a provocative interview in the journal Alternative and Complementary Therapies from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The article is available free on the Alternative and Complementary Therapies website.

Dr. Perlmutter, a board-certified neurologist and fellow of the American College of Nutrition, has just been appointed Editor-in-Chief of a new peer-reviewed journal, Brain and Gut, that will debut in the summer 2014. The journal will publish leading-edge research dedicated to exploring a whole systems approach to health and disease from the intimate relationship between the brain and the digestive systems.

In the interview “Rethinking Dietary Approaches for Brain Health,” Dr. Perlmutter says, according to the February 21 news release, Does a diet high in carbohydrates increase your risk of dementia? “We live with this notion that a calorie is a calorie, but at least in terms of brain health, and I believe for the rest of the body as well, there are very big differences between our sources of calories in terms of the impact on our health. Carbohydrate calories, which elevate blood glucose, are dramatically more detrimental to human physiology, and specifically to human health, than are calories derived from healthful sources of fat.”

Dr. Perlmutter will explore how brain health and cognitive function are linked to nutrition in his presentation, “The Care and Feeding of Your Brain,” to be delivered at the Integrative Health Care Symposium 2014 taking place this week in New York City. The 2014 Integrative Healthcare Symposium where forward thinking practitioners and like-minded professionals gather seeking a multi-disciplinary approach to patient care. Healthcare professionals are invited to join the integrative healthcare community to hear from nationally recognized practitioners and experts.

The 2014 symposium's focused tracks include: Nutrition, Cardiovascular, Musculoskeletal/Sports Medicine, Integrative Nursing, Mind Body Spirit and Integrative Approaches (to include: Oncology, Hormone, Pediatrics, and more. CME credit certified by Beth Israel Medical Center and St. Luke’s & Roosevelt Hospitals.
Also, check out the Free Webinar: Cranberries and Their Bioactive Constituents in Human Health presented by Dr. Amy Howell which will be offered on March 13, 2014. Or take a look at the March 14 to March 16, 2014 event, Mind, Mood & Food: Optimal Nutrition for the Brain.

Upcoming events this month include the Free Microbiome Webinar: The Microbiome in Clinical Practice on February 27, 2014. Also upcoming in May 2014 is the 11th Annual Nutrition & Health Conference and the 8th Congress International Society of Nutrigenetics and Nutrigenomics. See the Events Calendar for more meetings. For example, today, February 22, 2014 is the Integrative Health Care Symposium 2014. Also, see, "Does a diet high in carbohydrates increase your risk of dementia?"

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