Diet and exercise can influence the risk of cognitive decline (CD) and dementia long before their onset, according to new research from King’s College London.
In the study, published in Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association, the researchers established that 12 years prior to diagnosis, both CD and Alzheimer’s were associated with levels of neural stem cell death.
Specifically, researchers found that reduced physical activity and increased malnutrition both increased cell death which in turn increased the risk for future CD.
The team also found that exercise, nutrition, vitamin D levels, carotenoid and lipid levels were all associated with the rate at which cells die off.
That is HUGE news, if not surprising to those of us who have been keeping our eye on dementia and cognition research over the past few years.
In other words, 12 years before you would notice it, your lack of exercise and poor diet/nutrient status could be building a problem for you.
Ergo: increase exercise, make sure you are absorbing nutrients properly, take a good wellbeing supplement with Vitamin D and carotenoids in to ensure nutrients and improve your diet, especially getting the fats right – plenty of olive oil, avocados, nuts, seeds and wild fish and avoid processed foods, takeaways using lots of re-used oil, too much meat and heated nut/seed/vegetable oils except olive. I’d also add some brain exercises and lower any neuroinflammation.