Previously, a number of studies have suggested that Alzheimer's Disease is neurodegenerative, and that antioxidants may protect against the loss of synapses in the brain. Gabriele Nagel, from the University of Ulm (East Germany), and colleagues studied a group of men and women, ages 65 to 90 years, assessing subjects via neuropsychological testing, surveying their lifestyles, testing blood for vitamin levels, and calculating body mass index (BMI). The team selected 74 participants with mild dementia and compared them to a control group of 158 age-matched subjects. The concentration of vitamin C and beta carotene in the serum of the dementia patients was significantly lower, as compared to the control subjects. No difference in other circulating antioxidants (vitamin D, lycopene, coenzyme Q 10) was observed. Writing that: "Our findings suggest an association of vitamin C and beta carotene with dementia,” the researchers posit that it may be possible to influence the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's Disease by modulating the person's diet or dietary antioxidant consumption.
von Arnim CA, Herbolsheimer F, Nikolaus T, Peter R, Biesalski HK, Ludolph AC, Riepe M, Nagel G. “Dietary Antioxidants and Dementia in a Population-Based Case-Control Study among Older People in South Germany.” J Alzheimers Dis. 2012 Jan 1;31(4):717-24.
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A daily glass of red wine for four weeks significantly improved insulin resistance in men at-risk of heart disease.
Consuming more cruciferous vegetables – such as brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, and bok choy – may slash a woman’s risk of breast cancer by 15%.
The very elderly and frail can enjoy the benefits of exercise in terms of their physical and cognitive faculties and quality of life after only three months.
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New research suggests that exercising for just 30 minutes is as effective for weight loss as a whole hour.
Spouses of people who have a sudden heart attack are at increased risk of depression, anxiety, and suicide, even if their partner survives.
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Japanese team reports that people with diabetes may be at a significantly increased risk of developing cognitive disorders, including Alzheimer’s Disease.
Alzheimer's Disease International encourages efforts for early diagnosis, that may effect society-wide health, financial and social benefits
Inherited forms of Alzheimer's disease may be detectable as many as 20 years before problems with memory and thinking develop.
Lifestyle changes and treatment or prevention of chronic medical conditions have the potential to reduce the numbers of Alzheimer’s cases by 50% or more.
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48. Hormone Health for Men: Testosterone
Known best as the "sex drive" hormone in men, testosterone levels in men decrease gradually over time, due to factors such as reduced activity, nutritional deficiency, diabetes, and HGH deficiency. This phenomenon is sometimes referred to as andropause. By age 60, many men have less than half the level of testosterone as they did when they were in their teens.
Low testosterone in men is linked to earlier death. Researchers from the University of California/San Diego (USA) found that older men with low levels of testosterone may die earlier than their age-matched counterparts having normal testosterone levels. In addition, insufficient levels of circulating testosterone were found to contribute to abdominal obesity and metabolic syndrome