Why Taking Care of Your Brain is Just as Important as Taking Care of Your Body
I’ve just finished reading a pretty scientific article and want to share it with you. It highlights the importance of really focusing on taking care of your brain and not just your body.
In the article, researchers uncovered an early disruption in the process of memory formation in people as they age who exhibit some early brain changes associated with Alzheimer’s disease, but show
little or no memory impairment.
Pathology but no symptoms yet. This could be anybody.
The work sheds light on the role of an abnormal protein in the brain called amyloid, which is associated with memory impairment.
The real scientific question is if this junk is the cause or just an incidental finding because the exact link between amyloid and memory impairment has not been clearly demonstrated in humans.
What we do know is that one of the primary characteristics of Alzheimer’s disease is the accumulation and deposition of these possible neuron-damaging clumps of amyloid protein.
Regardless, what’s crucial to understand is that amyloid deposits in the brain apparently begin many years prior to the onset of clinical symptoms of forgetfulness.
Two recent advances in neuro-imaging, similar to what’s used in our studies on Mind/Body Medical Exercise at Penn, now allow us to explore the early, asymptomatic phase of Alzheimer’s disease.
What was revealed by the study is that researchers found that a significant number of non-demented folks exhibited amyloid depositis and abnormal neural activity in key areas of the brain thought to be involved in successful memory.
This incredible new information makes it all the more important for you to jump on the Prevention bandwagon and start doing everything possible to boost your memory power now and save it from going down the tubes later.
You must make taking care of your brain a top priority and you can do so with the 4 Pillars of Alzheimer’s PreventionTM, which includes 1) Diet & Supplements, 2) Exercise, 3) Stress Management and 4) Medicines. Begin today, it’s never too late to start
Dharma S. Khalsa, M.D., is President and Medical Director of the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation in Tucson, Arizona. The ARPF is dedicated to fighting Alzheimer’s disease and finding a cure through research and prevention. Dr. Khalsa wrote about Alzheimer’s for HealthCentral.