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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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i will continue blogging on organic gardening, green living,
solar power, rainwater collection, and healthy living
i will blog on these plus other things noted to be interesting

Friday, September 18, 2020

alzheimers news-can it lead to alzheimers disease


yes probably maybe
what is it
its obesity

recently i wrote a blog about how obesity can lead to a higher risk of dying if you got covid 19
the two are related
the increased risk of dying from covid 19 if you are obese is related to its effect on the immune system
the increased risk of developing alzheimers disease if you are obese is probably related to the decreased blood flow to the brain that occurs in obesity

here is a recent research article that looked at this issue
here is a summary article reviewing that research article

there is decreased blood flow to the brain if you are obese
that includes if you are overweight bmi of 24.9 to 29.9 or obese bmi >30 or morbid obese bmi>40
the higher the bmi the greater the decrease in blood flow to the brain

the researchers used functional pet scans of the brain
there was decreased blood flow to all regions of the brain but especially those areas that are associated with alzheimers diseases
the temporal lobe parietal lobe hippocampus posterior cingulate precuneus

the blood flow worsened as the bmi increased
the more obese you are the less blood flows to your brain

my bmi was 25 so i was considered overweight so i was having some decreased blood flow to my brain just from that
then you add on high blood pressure not treated high cholesterol not controlled having the apoe 4 apoe 4 late onset alzheimers gene well none of that was slowing down my disease any 
it was speeding it up

look at your bmi
lower it as much as you can and you will increase the blood flow to your brain
maybe decrease you chances of getting alzheimers disease

consider getting involved with your local alzheimers walks

here is the information on my team organicgreendoctor that will walk in this years santa barbara walk to end alzheimers on saturday november 7 2020
the opening ceremony and closing ceremony will be virtual
so anyone can watch it online
each individual member will walk in their neighborhood or favorite hiking trail wearing their purple alzheimers shirts for the 2-3 mile walk 
this is the safest way to do the walk this year
please wear your mask and keep a good social distance from others
hopefully next year we can all be live

join us wherever you live for our walk this year

you can donate and or join our team organicgreendoctor 
at this link
then walk in your own neighborhood the morning of the walk to honor those lost in our families to this disease and to those who are affected now by this disease

the organicgreen doctor 

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