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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, April 7, 2023

alzheimers news-lifestyle makes a difference


yesterday i wrote about the mind diet and how it was important in brain health
i recently read this interview from being patient linked here with a researcher who was studying an indigenous group in bolivia called the tsimane
they live in the amazon basin
this group has one of the lowest rates of brain and heart disease ever recorded

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the tsimane live isolated from industrialized society
they are around no pollution
they exercise a lot every day gettting around 18-27 thousand steps a day
i average around 5-7 thousand a day
they eat mainly fruits vegetables lots of fiber and fish and lean game meats
they eat no processed meats or foods
they eat off the land

researchers looked at ct scans of the brain blood pressure total cholesterol and other health parameters
they also checked their apoe levels 

what they found was that the brains for these folks ranging in age from 40 to 94 
was that their brains looked so much younger
eg my brain ct scan shows aging like white matter hyperintensities and some other mild brain changes

they also found the apoe2 apoe3 apoe4 levels were the same as elsewhere in the world

these people though didnt seem to get alzheimers disease
they have the lowest rate in the world

we have a lesson to learn from this indigenous tribe the tsimane

the bottom line
the brain functions optimally with the right amount and kinds of food and the right amount of exercise
the tsimane are doing it right
we dont
our brains suffer
theirs dont

eat right exercise avoid pollution 

is it that simple to slow down alzheimers in a society

the organicgreen doctor

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