High blood sugar (even in non-diabetics) may cause memory loss

Memory loss; It's not just for diabetics!German researchers have found that even those without diabetes who have high blood sugar may be an increased risk for memory loss.They studied a group of people who:- did not have diabetes or pre-diabetes- had an ave. age of 63- were not overweight- did not consume more than 3.5 servings of alcohol per day-did not already have memory and thinking impairmentsWhen they did memory tests, they found that those who had lower blood sugar levels did better.Here's what I read:...more

Top 3 Ways to Fight Age-Related Cognitive Decline

There's a lot of information about there about how to fight age-related cognitive decline.  The first thing you should know is that it's not "inevitable." Now that scientists know the brain is "plastic" (capable of change at any age) and now that we have noninvasive technology that lets neuroscientists see a brain at work, our knowledge (and hope!) about the aging brain is expanding.Sorry - still no magic pill to fight age-related decline. But there are three PROVEN ways to do it:...more

Stroke takes away 3 out of 5 quality years of life

Yes, if you did the math, that's a 60% loss of quality years.This number was determined by following stroke and TIA (transient ischemic attack) patients for 5 years. The researchers measured the 1,188 patients with "utility" - which is a way to place value on the desirability of health outcomes.For example, with utility:0 = death1 = perfect healthnegative numbers represent "a state worse than death" (which I thought was odd actually)....more

Stress may be the trigger for the onset of Alzheimer's

A new study out of Argentina says that stress may be the cause of the clinical onset of Alzheimer's.A study of people with Alzheimer's - ave. age 73 - (and interviews with their relatives and caregivers) found that a whopping 72% had dealt with a major stresser over the previous 3 years. Only 26 percent of the control group had experienced the same types of stress, grief and sorrow during the time before the onset of symptoms.The main stressers in the 72% were:- 24 people lost a spouse or partner- 15 people lost a child...more

Cognitive enhancing pills have no long-term benefits

A new study says patients have no long-term benefit from using cognitive enhancers to try to improve concentration, memory, alertness and moods.Although there were some short-term benefits to using the pills on one cognition scale, the drugs actually significantly increased the nausea, diarrhea, vomiting and headaches for most people. There were NO benefits on the second cognition scale or on behavior, function and mortality....more

New discovery can determine "normal" age-related memory loss from disease

A breakthrough from Cornell researchers can determine if a person's memory decline is typical age-related cognitive decline or a more serious memory-related disease like Alzheimer's. It also allows them to predict who is likely to develop cognitive impairment using inexpensive and noninvasive procedures.The quick summary:1. Memory problems due to healthy aging are different than memory  problems due to say, dementia. Because of this, there are unique error patterns on neuropsychological memory tests....more

Good hygiene raises Alzheimer's risk?!

I had to go back and read the title because I thought I had misread it: "Better hygiene linked to higher Alzheimer's risk." See for yourself!:http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/265746.php...more

Red meat and Alzheimer's

Not that you need another reason to avoid red meat, but perhaps you'd like to share this article with your steak-loving husband!New evidence points to the idea that red meat may raise our risk for Alzheimer's. That's because red meat raises the level of iron in our brains, which can accelerate the damage done by free radicals.Iron builds up in our gray matter and increases our risk of age-related illnesses, like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.Did you know that having a hysterectomy before menopause can also raise iron levels in the brain?Here's what I read:...more

Dear God, Please Help My Mother Die

I am not a religious person.  I’m not even sure I believe in a higher power, let alone one true God.  Even so, for the past several years I often find myself praying.When I do pray, it is always about my mother who has Alzheimer’s disease....more