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i am a family physician who was diagnosed with
early mild cognitive impairment(mci) amnestic type on december 21, 2010
this is a precursor to alzheimers disease
because of this diagnosis i have opted to stop practicing medicine
this blog will be about my journey with this disease
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Friday, December 13, 2019

alzheimers news-what causes alzheimers disease

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this fall i was on an alzheimers panel answering questions at a early alzheimers disease conference in the los angeles area

one of the lectures following the panel i was on was a researcher from ucla
she discussed the different causes of alzheimers disease

the risk factors and contributions on her slide as they were labeled are
note the comments are mine

aging-as you age your risk increases

the environment-who knows what we get into our brains over our lifetime from what we dump into the environment

social interactions-social interactions especially as one ages are important

mental health-things like anxiety and depression can contribute

education/brain resilience-the higher your education level the lower your risk

innate immunity-this one you get born with and protects you
some folks immune systems just work better than others

inflammatory pathways-the big area for inflammation is in the gut this inflammation may get transferred to the brain

hormonal regulation-the lack of testosterone and or estrogen and progesterone may contribute

oral health-inflammation in the gums can be transferred into the brain as well as possibly gum infections

gut microbiome-gut germs determine a lot of our nutrition and if disrupted can lead to an inflammatory response that can reach the brain

pathogens/toxins-maybe viral infections or gum infections or gut inflammation may reach the brain


vascular health ie blood pressure diabetes cholesterol

diet-this is a biggie try the mediterranean diet or mind diet

exercise -is another biggie

genetics-well you cant alter this one well now you cant but maybe in the future they will be able to alter your genetics to slow down or prevent the disease from starting

all these things or some of them going on at the same time leads to the accumulation of the amyloid in the brain and later the tau protein tangles accumulation and then the inflammation that occurs in the brain
all three destroy the brain in alzheimers

the goal should be to alter as many of these things as you can
some like genetics you cant do anything about but many of them you can
so many can be altered by life style changes

it is predicted that 35% of our dementia risk is modifiable

whether you get it or not may be in your hands

the organicgreen doctor

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