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Change Your Brain: ADHD to Alzheimer's, Tips from Dr. Perlmutter

From the Show: Dr. Taz Show
Summary: Lifestyle choices do in fact contribute to dementia, Alzheimer's and other brain-related diseases.
Air Date: 6/13/17
Duration: 30:08
Host: Dr. Taz
Guest Bio: David Perlmutter, MD, FACN, ABIHM
David-Perlmutter1David Perlmutter, MD, FACN, ABIHM, is a Board-Certified Neurologist and Fellow of the American College of Nutrition who specializes in preventative medicine and neurology.

He is recognized internationally as a leader in the field of nutritional influences in neurological disorders. Dr. Perlmutter has contributed extensively to the world medical literature with publications appearing in such journals as The Journal of Neurosurgery, The Southern Medical Journal, Journal of Applied Nutrition, and Archives of Neurology.

He is the author of the international bestsellers Grain Brain, Grain Brain Cookbook, Brain Maker and his recent book, Grain Brain Whole Life Plan. He’s appeared on Fox, Dr. Oz, Today Show and more…

Dr. Perlmutter is currently doing a national challenge with the 700 club where over 18,000 people signed up for the challenge losing over 3.5 tons of weight so far.
  • Book Title: Grain Brain Whole Life Plan
  • Guest Facebook Account: https://www.facebook.com/DavidPerlmutterMd
  • Guest Twitter Account: @DavidPerlmutter
Change Your Brain: ADHD to Alzheimer's, Tips from Dr. Perlmutter
According to acclaimed physician and researcher, Dr. David Perlmutter, one of the most compelling ideas that has evolved over the past decade is that Alzheimer's is by and large preventable. 

Unfortunately, the current model for addressing Alzheimer's is reactive, not proactive. As Dr. Perlmutter says, it's a "diagnose and adios" situation.

Dr. Perlmutter has spent the past many years looking at various bio-markers related to Alzheimer's risk. What he found to be most problematic is lack of exercise, elevated blood sugar, and obesity.

The lesson is that lifestyle choices do in fact contribute to dementia, Alzheimer's and other brain-related diseases.

Research has shown that diabetes increases your risk for Alzheimer's by up to four times. The problem is, the common person doesn't get this information. Instead, the solution often comes in the form of a pharmaceutical advertisement. 

The risk factors that are most modifiable are:

  1. Keep blood sugar at an even keel, even within the womb.
  2. Exercise, exercise, exercise. Aerobic exercise has a profound impact on brain health (as much as 50% reduced risk for dementia).
Dr. Perlmutter also has done extensive research on how the brain and microbiome are connected, particularly in terms of childhood conditions such as ADHD, autism, celiac disease, type-2 diabetes, and health concerns that appear later in life.

Listen as Dr. Perlmutter joins Dr. Taz to share viable ways you can change your brain to prevent a number of diseases. 

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