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High Blood Sugar Linked To Alzheimer Disease — How Can You Lower Your Risk?

Posted by on Monday, November 19th, 2012

Alzheimer's and Diabetes connection

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As evidence mounts that Alzheimer’s disease is related to nutrition, it’s becoming apparent that increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables we eat could be the key to prevention. In September 2012, New Scientist Magazine released its findings of a study linking high blood sugar levels and perhaps even Diabetes to Alzheimer’s.

­Fortunately, there is a simple way to increase the amount of healthy foods you eat: juicing.  Juicing fads have come and gone, but with obesity rates at epidemic proportions, and more diseases being linked to diet, it’s time to revisit this tried and true health elixir. Movies such as Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead and books such as Clean point to the same conclusion – that drinking fresh, low glycemic juices is an excellent way to manage blood sugar levels while adding essential nutrients that are so woefully missing from our diets.  Now, there are even businesses that will deliver fresh juices right to your doorstep.

The best part of introducing this practice into your home is that juicing at home won’t break the bank. A decent juicer such as the popular Breville will cost you around $100. More expensive juicers are available but unnecessary. One trip to the grocery store later, and you’re ready to go.

Healthy Vegetables for Juicing

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Now we’re ready for the good stuff—nutrition.

Adding fresh, low glycemic fruit and vegetable juices to your diet can help to counteract many of the detrimental affects of the foods we regularly consume, including Alzheimer’s. If you’re one of the millions of people suffering from increased blood sugar, pre-diabetes, or Type 2 diabetes, you have an increased risk of suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.  Therefore, the key to Alzheimer’s prevention is in the foods we eat.

The Diet Cycle

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Those suffering from high blood sugar struggle daily to regulate it. There are endless complicated diets out there that may help people lower blood sugar levels, but help is as simple as infusing your diet with fresh, low glycemic juices and vegetables. By shifting your focus from following traditional diets based on deprivation to control blood sugar levels, you can break the cycle of diet failure and shift your focus to what you can add to your diet: fresh, low-glycemic juices and vegetables. Once you make this shift, your carbohydrate and sugar cravings will subside, leading to naturally lower blood sugar levels.

Sugar Addiction Infographic

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There are many great sources for fresh juice recipes. One of the most popular variations, and a good place to start, is with some of the Mean Green Machine recipes. Here is a delicious recipe using simple ingredients to help you get started:

Green Machine Juice (Serves 2)
2 granny smith apples
½ cucumber
4 celery stalks
4-5 kale leaves
handful of fresh parsley
½ lemon (peeled)
1-inch chunk of fresh ginger

Put through the juicer in no particular order but use the apples to push the kale and parsley leaves through the juicer and enjoy.

This juice is the perfect way to jump start your day, and it makes two servings, so you could even have one serving for breakfast and another for lunch. It won’t take long before this jolt of phytonutrients helps diminish your sugar cravings and improve your overall health.

Alzheimer’s prevention comes down to a diet rich in a variety of fruits and vegetables, and juicing is a simple and delicious way to add essential nutrients to our bodies while decreasing our appetites for the simple carbohydrates and sugars that will lead us down the path high blood sugar and illness.

 

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.

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