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The Surprising Way The Glycemic Index Can Help Prevent Alzheimer’s

Posted by on Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Every day, we make food choices that affect our health. Many of us eat foods without thinking about what happens in our bodies once the food enters our digestive system. We understand certain foods are “bad” and others are “good”, but food, and its effects on our bodies, is so much more complex than that.

Good and Carbohydrates for Alzheimer's Prevention

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One of the main factors you should be considering about food when you begin taking measures to prevent Alzheimer’s is the glycemic index. You don’t need to become a super sleuth or master nutritionist to understand the glycemic load of the foods you eat. The glycemic index simply tells us how fast carbohydrates are converted to glucose in our bodies. Knowing where foods fall on the glycemic index can help us make informed choices about the foods we consume to manage insulin levels and prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

Normal Glucose Metabolism for Alzheimer's Prevention

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Our bodies metabolize the glucose in carbohydrates, and the more simple the carbohydrate, the more glucose hits our system. It doesn’t matter if that sugar comes from a cupcake, a bowl of pasta, or a sweet potato. Once these foods are metabolized in your body, your body can process the glucose and other sugars for normal cell function.

 Avoid Standard American Diet for Alzheimer's Prevention

The problem with our modern American diet, is that we have been inundating our body with so many sources of glucose, that our bodies are simply overwhelmed. This overwhelmed condition eventually leads to conditions such as insulin resistance, diabetes, and yes, Alzheimer’s disease. The glycemic index tells us to understand how much glucose will be present in our bodies after we ingest a food so we can make smarter food choices to prevent disease.

 

Glycemic Index of Common Foods for Alzheimer's Prevention

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Numerous studies are being conducted that are bringing into focus the correlation between increase blood sugar levels (caused by excessive carbohydrate consumption) and Alzheimer’s disease. When seeking to make changes to your diet to prevent or treat Alzheimer’s, the glycemic index should be one of the main weapons in your arsenal.  In an effort to maintain blood sugar levels to prevent Alzheimer’s and other diseases associated with blood sugar dysregulation, we should understand how the foods we eat affect our blood sugar.

There are a number of resources for finding the glycemic loads for common foods, and The University of Sydney has a comprehensive and user-friendly searchable database on its website to let you find the glycemic impact of nearly any food you can think of.

Low Glycemic Foods for Alzheimer's Prevention

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It probably isn’t necessary to look up every single food you consume, but you should educate yourself about where common foods appear on the glycemic index along with the characteristics of those foods, so you can develop a basic understanding of which foods convert into glucose faster. Armed with this knowledge, you will find it easy to make smarter choices about the foods you eat. For example, whole grains convert to glucose much slower than processed grains, so you should always choose whole grains over processed grains. Not only does it help your body process the glucose, whole grains are also filled with a variety of nutrients that end up stripped from highly processed grains, so the benefits associated with those foods becomes exponential.

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 theadplan.com 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.

4 Responses to “The Surprising Way The Glycemic Index Can Help Prevent Alzheimer’s”

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