Moderate exercise delays age-related memory decline

Mental Health
Studies show, and my experience with my patients concurs, that people, as they age, fear memory loss, in general, and Alzheimer's, in particular, even more than cancer. To date, there's been little that's been shown to be effective to prevent age-related memory decline ... that is until now. To prevent the loss, you'll need to get off your butt and begin exercising. Here are the details: (more…)
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Heavy smoking more than doubles the odds of developing Alzheimer’s

Men's Health, Mental Health, Woman's Health
USA Today reports that, according to a study published by the Archives of Internal Medicine, "heavy smoking in midlife more than doubles your odds of developing Alzheimer's disease." For the study, researchers from Kaiser Permanente "evaluated the records of 21,123 men and women in midlife and continued following them, on average, for 23 years." They found that, "compared with non-smokers, those who had smoked two packs of cigarettes a day increased their risk of developing Alzheimer's by more than 157% and had a 172% higher risk of developing vascular dementia -- the second most common form of dementia after Alzheimer's." The Wall Street Journal reports that smokers who did not smoke so heavily still faced an increased risk for dementia. For example, even smokers who smoked just half a pack…
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Gingko biloba may not be effective in preventing cognitive decline or improving memory

Alternative Medicine, Nutritional Health
In my best-selling book, co-written with Donal O'Mathuna, PhD, Alternative Medicine: The Christian Handbook, I wrote a chapter on Gingko biloba and said this: While ginkgo looks promising as a means of delaying the memory loss related to a variety of diseases, some studies have found no benefit. Studies have found memory benefits only for about six months. Ginkgo may prove helpful for retarding age-related memory loss, dementia, and peripheral arterial disease. However, studies have not examined the benefits or safety of taking ginkgo long-term. Now we may have the answer. I was first informed of it by watching the CBS Evening News where it was reported, "Americans spend a quarter billion dollars a year on" gingko biloba supplements, "hoping to improve their memory and slow cognitive decline." NBC Nightly…
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Marriage May Protect Against Dementia (and improves health in many other ways)

General Health, Health Headlines, Marriage and Family Health, Men's Health, Mental Health, Woman's Health
MedPage is reporting that the give and take of marriage may be enough to stave off Alzheimer's disease and other cognitive impairment – based upon a prospective population-based study which found that people living alone from midlife on were almost three times as likely to develop some level of cognitive impairment as those who were living with a spouse.  My Take? (more…)
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