Alzheimer’s Disease: The EARLY WARNING SIGNS & How To Reverse It | Richard Johnson & Dale Bredesen
This podcast dives into the complex and multifaceted nature of Alzheimer’s disease, highlighting the influence of diet, lifestyle, and genetic factors on its development and progression.
The discussion revolves around the crucial role of fructose, inflammation, and various environmental triggers in inducing Alzheimer’s disease, as well as the potential of personalized interventions to reverse cognitive decline.
Influence of Diet and Lifestyle on Alzheimer’s
Diet and lifestyle play a significant role in the development and progression of Alzheimer’s.
High glycemic carbs and sugar, excessive salt intake, and dehydration can all increase the risk of the disease.
Conversely, diets rich in polyphenols, low in carbohydrates and moderate in proteins, along with regular exercise, can reduce this risk.
The Role of the Ancestral Mutation
An ancestral mutation in apes, which is still present in humans today, allowed the body to produce more fat from fructose during periods of fruit scarcity.
This mutation may have contributed to increased sensitivity to fructose and consequentially, to conditions like obesity and Alzheimer’s disease.
The Possibility of Blocking Fructose Metabolism
Blocking fructose metabolism could potentially serve as a treatment strategy for Alzheimer’s disease.
Preliminary evidence suggests some beneficial effects, including resistance to obesity and type 2 diabetes.
However, potential side effects and contextual considerations, such as food availability, must be carefully evaluated.
Need for Early Detection and Intervention
Early detection and intervention can significantly increase the success rate in reversing cognitive decline and alleviating the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.
It allows for prompt action to address the root causes, be it dietary, environmental, or genetic factors.
Stages of Alzheimer’s Progression
Alzheimer’s disease progresses through four stages: pre-symptomatic, subjective cognitive impairment, mild cognitive impairment, and dementia.
Understanding these stages and intervening at the earliest possible stage can significantly alter the trajectory of the disease.
A lot of what you’re talking about…trying to improve the energy in the cell, improve metabolic flexibility, that’s exactly what happens when you remove fructose. – Dale Bredesen
The Connection Between Alzheimer’s and Metabolic Health
Metabolic health plays a crucial role in maintaining brain health and cognitive function.
Metabolic flexibility, achieved by reducing fructose intake and promoting ketone production, is a potential strategy for preventing or slowing down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
The Role of the Brain’s Innate Immune System in Alzheimer’s
Repeated insults to the body’s innate immune system can lead to Alzheimer’s disease.
Factors like fructose consumption and exposure to stressors can continuously activate this system, leading to decreased energy, compromised mitochondrial function, and increased amyloid production.
Fructose is working to create insulin, so there’s less fuel going in, less fuel utilization, it saves energy. But at the same time, it’s reducing our self-control, allowing us to be more impulsive and allowing us to forage. – Richard Johnson
The Impact of Fructose on Hunger and Energy Levels
Fructose consumption can stimulate hunger, foraging, and food intake while blocking satiety, leading to overeating and potential weight gain.
It also reduces ATP levels in cells, inhibiting energy production and leading to a low energy state and increased hunger.