The reason why I decided to watch Oprah Winfrey’s show on November 1 was due to an advertisement that the show would include a discussion of which country has the lowest incidence of Alzheimer’s disease and the reason for this low rate. But what I learned from watching this show involves a more holistic view to health - and it may be of great use to those of us who are worried about being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in the future.
The program featured Dr. Mehmet Oz, who along with Dr. Michael Roizen, have co-written a whole slew of books and other materials with the catchy title, “You” First there was the book, You: The Owner’s Manual; next up was You: On a Diet. So on Thursday, Dr. Oz (who is a professor and vice chairman of surgery at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University, the medical director of the Integrated Medicine Center and the director of the Heart Institute) proceeded to share some of the insights that are shared in their newest You venture, You: Staying Young.
Based on reviewing the latest research, Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen share that we can actually be proactive in dealing with the aging process. They suggest a daily plan that anyone can adopt that is designed to slow the rate of aging on the cellular level. Their research-based program is designed to help readers enjoy a higher quality and longer life.
Sounds pretty good, huh? So I decided to purchase their book on November 2. I was hoping to give you a little bit of a review, especially where it relates to Alzheimer’s disease. But looking back in the index, there are 17 topics that are included under the Alzheimer’s listing. These include blood supply, caffeine, diabetes, digestive system, hormone therapy, and UV radiation (to name a few).
Suffice to say, in just the few hours that I’ve spent reading this book, I see that the recommendations could have great consequences for each person’s health. Yes, it means some sacrifice and a lot of determination. But after watching Mom’s two-year struggle with Alzheimer’s, I think that adopting Dr. Oz’s and Dr. Roizen’s recommendations are time and energy well spent.
P.S. - The country, according to Dr. Oz, with the lowest rate of Alzheimer’s Disease: India. The reason for this low rate is believed to be turmeric, which is found in curries that India’s citizens eat regularly.
Dorian Martin writes about various topics for HealthCentral, including Alzheimer’s disease, diet/exercise, menopause and lung cancer. Dorian is a health and caregiving advocate living in College Station, TX. She has a Ph.D. in educational human resource development. Dorian also founded I Start Wondering, which encourages people to embrace a life-long learning approach to aging. She teaches Sheng Zhen Gong, a form of Qigong. Follow Dorian on Twitter at @dorianmartin, Facebook or Instagram at @doriannmartin.