Treating Alzheimer’s disease with food
The right diet is crucial for prevention and treatment
Some lifestyle changes can prevent and slow cognitive decline for many people. One of those lifestyle changes is diet. The right diet is crucial to preventing and treating cognitive decline.
We recommend a mildly ketogenic diet. That is a diet very low in carbohydrates like grains and sugars. We use the “12/3 Ketoflex Diet” (developed by Dr. Bredesen, of the Bredesen Protocol).
The “12/3” part of this diet refers to the timing of your meals. There should be at least 12 hours between your last meal or snack of the day and the first food you eat the next morning. Also, the last food of the day should be consumed 3 hours before bedtime. This is a kind of intermittent fasting.
If you already know you have the APOE4 gene (which increases your risk of Alzheimer's disease) then a 14-16 hour nighttime fasting interval is going to be better for you.
Intermittent fasting helps your body burn fat for fuel rather than glucose and also helps to improve insulin sensitivity. Both of these changes improve cognition. Consuming your last food of the day 3 hours before sleeping helps to regulate insulin and also improves the balance of several hormones important for cognition.
Now you know when to eat. What should you eat?
Mostly non-starchy vegetables, lots of healthy fats, and modest amounts of healthy, well-sourced proteins. For more details, read the rest of this blog post here.
If you'd like to read a more in-depth explanation of a brain-healthy diet you can check out a great book, The End Of Alzheimer's. At Atma Clinic, we have a team who can help you learn about and implement this diet. We create an Alzheimer’s disease or cognitive decline treatment plan tailored specifically to you. To learn more and schedule your free consultation, call or text us at (785) 760-0695 or send us a message on our Contact Us page.