Diets that May Have an Impact on Dementia and Alzheimer’s
While there is a common assumption that neurodegeneration is inevitable as people age, research suggests that this is probably not the case. We’ve discussed some of the activities that might impact brain health in older age (yoga, meditation, cognitive enhancement training) as well as some of the day to day habits (eg: automating as much as possible to free up mind space for learning new things) that might help prevent Alzheimer’s.
We’ve also talked about the MIND diet (read about this promising brain boosting diet here!) and a little bit about the ketogenic diet for Alzheimer’s prevention. Learn more about the connection between ketosis and brain health below!
Memory Care Community in San Diego, CA
Welcome to this blog series on diets that may have an impact on Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and neurodegeneration. We all know that health is extremely complicated and multi-faceted. Everything from genetics, stress levels, sleep, diet, exercise, and trauma can have an affect on our overall health and well-being. While there are many aspects of health we can’t control, taking steps towards improving what we eat will undoubtedly be positive for our health.
At BayView Senior Assisted Living in San Diego, CA, we pride ourselves on preparing meals that are good for our residents’ bodies and minds. We frequently update our meal plans and can accommodate specific diet needs and preferences.
Ketogenic Diet for Alzheimer’s Prevention
If you have an interest in health and nutrition, chances are you’ve heard of the ketogenic diet. In fact, we mentioned it on the blog a few years ago (click here to read more).
In short, the ketogenic, or keto, diet is a moderate-protein, low-carb, high-fat diet that causes the body to produce ketones. Ketones are compounds the body can use to produce energy as an alternative to burning glucose for energy. On an extremely low-carb diet, the body must use an energy source other than glucose. Research indicates that ketones are neuroprotective, meaning they provide a defense system for your brain against degeneration.
Studies indicate that there is a distinct correlation between blood sugar disorders and different phases of memory loss, including Alzheimer’s and dementia. Some researchers have even referred to Alzheimer’s as “type 3 diabetes” as the link between insulin resistance and neurodegeneration is so strong. Exciting research shows that ketosis can even reverse some of the damage of Alzheimer’s disease or slow it’s progression.
Where to Begin?!
Embarking on a new diet is never easy, even if one’s commitment level is high. There are fantastic online resources available for someone starting out on the keto diet. Here are a few to get you started:
- Keto Diet Grocery Shopping List for Beginners
- Two Week Keto Meal Plan
- Comprehensive List of the Best Keto Resources
- Simple Tips for Success with Keto
Though this is a pricier option, there are meal delivery companies (like MealPro in San Diego) that specialize in delivering keto-friendly meals. Many grocery stores have started offering low-carb and keto compliant food products including baked goods, chips and crackers, and protein powder.
Best Senior Assisted Living Community in San Diego We are committed to evidence-based care at BayView Senior Assisted Living in Point Loma (as well as at our sister sites, Mesa View Senior Assisted Living in La Mesa and HarborView Assisted Living in Banker’s Hill, San Diego) and being familiar with relevant research is an important part of the care we provide. To find out what sets us apart, give us a call and schedule a COVID safe tour of our one-of-a-kind assisted living home in San Diego!