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How to Prevent Chronic Disease Through Diet – Part 2

Posted by on Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Today is the second part of our series on conditions common to some of the most deadly diseases. Yesterday, we discussed chronic inflammation, high cholesterol, and high blood sugar and how those conditions relate to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s. Today we’ll turn our attention to high blood sugar and high triglycerides and how to keep all of these conditions in check through diet.

Prevent Alzheimer's and Other Diseases by Managing Blood Sugar

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High Blood Sugar

High blood sugar is increasingly becoming problematic in the U.S. With sugar in everything from condiments like hot sauce and salad dressing to staples like bread and peanut butter, it’s no wonder our bodies are struggling to keep blood sugar in check. The Standard American Diet (SAD) bombards our bodies with so much sugar, our cells become overwhelmed and may become insulin resistant. We’ve known for awhile now that high blood sugar levels are associated with Diabetes, but we are beginning to understand how high blood sugar levels is also linked to Alzheimer’s disease.


Nutrition for Disease Prevention for Alzheimer's, Heart Disease, Diabetes, and Stroke

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Triglycerides don’t typically get as much press as the other conditions mentioned above, but keeping triglyceride levels low can also prevent serious disease. Triglycerides are a type of fat found in our blood cells necessary for health, but when triglyceride levels are too high, it can cause heart disease and may influence the development of amyloid plaques, a symptom of Alzheimer’s disease. You should make sure your doctor is monitoring your triglyceride levels so you know whether you are at risk.


Alzheimer's Nutrition and Triglycerides

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While each of these conditions can lead to the deadliest diseases afflicting our society, the good news is that all of these conditions can be managed through diet. When we hear that dreaded word “diet”, it’s easy to feel like we’ve heard it all before. After all, the diet industry is worth over $60 billion a year.

Prevent Alzheimer's by Consuming a Mediterranean Diet

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We don’t think you need to buy into an expensive diet in order to prevent disease. Instead, you just need to stick to a few key lifestyle changes:

1. Increase the amount of fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and fish (but make sure you eat wild varieties to avoid artificially colored salmon) you consume.

2. Lower the amount of simple carbohydrates you consume. This includes refined sugar and high fructose corn syrup. Look for healthier substitutes for sweeteners such maple syrup and agave nectar.

3. Eat plenty of healthy oils such as extra virgin olive oil, nut oils and fish oils.

4. Eat lower amounts of red meat.

5. Consume non-fat or low-fat dairy products to avoid the saturated fats in whole dairy.

6. Eat foods low on the glycemic index.

7. Get plenty of quality sleep.

8. Move your body most days of the week. Exercise can help decrease your risk of suffering from each of the diseases we’ve discussed.

To help you get started, we’ve included a video for recipes that correspond with our diet recommendations – a recipe for whole grain pasta with pesto and whole grain bruschetta with tomatoes and olives.


For more easy to follow nutrition advice check out The Alzheimer’s Diet: A Step-by-Step Nutritional Approach to Memory Loss Prevention and Treatment, or visit to learn more about Neurologist, Dr. Richard Isaacson's 9 week diet plan and his cutting edge approach in the fight against AD in Alzheimer's Treatment | Alzheimer's Prevention: A Patient and Family Guide 2012 Edition. Also, sign up for the newsletter to get the latest updates in AD treatment and prevention news.

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