I love this statistic. I repeat it whenever I forget a name, misplace my keys, or don’t pay enough attention to my health. I shout it at my children when they come home with processed food in their pockets. And I remind Mr K&C when he burns the candle at both ends (not that he takes much notice). The statistic comes from the authors of The Alzheimer’s Solution, Dean and Ayesha Sherzai, neuroscientists who’ve dedicated their lives to understanding and preventing Alzheimer’s.
Like Susan and I, the Sherzais watched close family members ‘lose little bits of themselves’, slowly and inexorably, to dementia. Avoidable dementia, they argue, claiming that changes to diet, sleep, exercise, stress and social interaction can prevent 90% of all cases. They also claim that lifestyle changes can reverse the disease in existing patients.
The battle against Alzheimer’s has become their life’s work.
And we’re taking note.
Dementia is already the leading cause of death in England and Wales. The World Health Organisation estimates there’ll be over 135 million sufferers by 2050. At a cost of $20 trillion. So how can you ensure you’re not one of them?
The Sherzais have some very simple tips. We’re repeating them here. Because the more we’re reminded, the less of an excuse we have. And the greater our chance of avoiding Alzheimer’s.
TOP TEN FOODS TO PREVENT ALZHEIMER’S
- Dark chocolate
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Herbal tea
TOP TEN FOODS TO STOP EATING – NOW
- Processed foods (crisps, biscuits, white bread etc)
- Processed meats (bacon, sausages, salami)
- Red meat
- Chicken (yes, really)
- Butter and margarine
- Fried and fast food
- Cheese (damn!)
- Pastries and sweets
- Sugary drinks
- Excessive alcohol
We’ll be writing more about the Sherzais’ approach over the coming weeks and showing you how to make the little lifestyle changes that promise big rewards. If you can’t wait, their book, The Alzheimer’s Solution, is out now.
We’ll post the perfect anti-Alzheimer’s meal next week… Watch this space!