Ever since low carb diets became popular, there have been many studies completed to try to dispute their validity and make claims that they are an unhealthy way to eat. Although these efforts have turned some against the traditional low carb diet, there are many people who have tried the diet themselves and have seen a positive health impact. New studies are being done all the time to try to determine all the health effects of a low carb diet, both good and bad. One of the newest of these studies reveals some very promising information about positive effects of a low carb diet that were not known until now. Read on to learn more.
According to an article in USA Today, the Mayo Clinic recently released its findings of a study to determine the link between a high carbohydrate diet and Alzheimer’s Disease. Among this study, there were several findings that lead researchers to believe that a low carb diet can help reduce the risk for later developing the cognitive impairment that is associated with Alzheimer’s Disease.
For decades, proponents of low carb, high protein diets have claimed that there are many health benefits obtained through this type of lifestyle, with one of them being brain function. The study published in The Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease seems to offer proof of this claim. Among study participants, those with a diet highest in healthy fats were 42% less likely to show impairment in brain function, and those with the highest protein intake were 21% less likely to show these symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease.
This isn’t the first time there has been a claim of low carb diets being a possible prevention method. In 2005, Dr. Suzanne DeLaMonte did autopsies on Alzheimer’s patients as a Brown Medical School Researcher, and released findings that the brains of these patients showed signs of insulin resistance. At the time, she even began referring to Alzheimer’s Disease as virtually a Type 3 Diabetes.
These findings go hand in hand with the belief that Alzheimer’s may be caused in part by a buildup of beta amyloid plaques, which can potentially be caused by the excessive glucose in the brain. An excess of glucose can occur when the body is unable to produce insulin to process these sugars the way it should.
Studies have begun recently on patients already diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in which patients are given medications designed for diabetics. The results have not shown a lot of promise, but this is thought to be because once deterioration of the brain occurs it cannot be reversed.
Although it has not been stated for a fact yet that Alzheimer’s is similar to diabetes in cause, it is always best to employ every prevention method possible. And now it looks like a low carb diet might just be one of those methods.
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