Covid-19 & Health Update: Inflammatory Foods Increase Dementia Risk

Hello everyone:

 As you know, I have consistently said that inflammation causes, perpetuates, or aggravates every known human ailment, and that includes dementias of all types. Previous blogs have directed you to lists of pro or anti-inflammatory foods, cookbooks, supplements and more to allow you to get in on the ground floor of this anti-inflammatory movement. Now we can add that as part of a comprehensive individualized protocol, the anti-inflammatory food plan is a definite must.

Background and Objectives:                Aging is characterized by a functional shift of the immune system toward a proinflammatory phenotype. This derangement has been associated with cognitive decline and has been implicated in the pathogenesis of dementia. Diet can modulate systemic inflammation; thus, it may be a valuable tool to counteract the associated risk for cognitive impairment and dementia.”

“Discussion:      In the present study, higher DII scores (indicating greater proinflammatory diet potential) were associated with an increased risk for incident dementia. These findings might avail the development of primary dementia preventive strategies through tailored and precise dietary interventions.”

This is important because at this moment, there is no medical treatment for dementia that has been proven effective. The only effective model to emerge so far is the functional medicine model where ALL sources of inflammation are tracked down and reduced or removed. In other words, dementia is very seldom the result of a single cause but the cumulative damage from multiple sources of chronic low-level inflammation. Guess what? Diet is a key source of chronic inflammation so start now to eat right and reduce your risk of this horrible disease.

Bottom Line:

Notice they state that aging is characterized by a shift of the immune system toward a pro-inflammatory state…which explains to a great extent why the elderly are so prone to poor outcomes related to any infection including Covid. To combat that state, simply start eating a low inflammatory potential food plan. You can go online to my website to download (free) the 3 pdfs’ on either the Renew Food Plan or the Elimination Food Plan. Each one is an anti-inflammatory food plan with 3 documents that outline a list of all the best foods to eat, shopping list, menus, menu planning, and the reasons/purposes behind these approaches. Go to the home page, click on the Resources tab, and scroll down till you find the Renew plan on page 1, or the Elimination Plan on page 2. You should stick to these plans for 3 to 6 months before re-introducing foods at which point you will find out which foods are not your friends.

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