This page is where we add information about Brain Health, Risk Reduction for dementia, and research articles that specifically cover these topics. If you find a research article you think others would benefit from, please send it to us.
However, please be reminded, we are a not for profit organisation, which primarily is an advocacy and support group, of, by and for people with dementia. We are not an advertising or marketing outlet, and therefore, please do not send us product or conference information and expect we will add it to our site.
Dementia is so much more than memory loss, and whilst there is not yet a cure, and no disease modifying drugs available, there is much we can and should all do to improve our brain health, with or without a dementia.
DAI hosted a Webinar in July given by Dr Dave Jenkins: Preventing, stabilising and reversing early Alzheimer’s
Plus we have listed a few more links to promising research and testimonials:
- Dale Bredesen Alzheimer’s QnA
- Can Memory Loss in Alzheimer’s be Reversed?
- Reversal of Cognitive Decline
- Dr. Dale Bredesen
- Episode 12 Dale Bredesen discusses the metabolic factors underlying Alzheimer’s Disease
- Reversing Alzheimer’s Disease- Dr. Dale Bredesen, MD
- Memory Loss Reversal – Case Study #1
- How to prevent Alzheimer’s Dr Dave Jenkins
- The Bredesen Protocol for Reversal of Alzheimer’s – Dr Dave Jenkins at ACNEM Brain Conference
- Fine Tuning Bredesen’s Protocol by Deborah Gordon MD
An earlier article about Bredesen’s novel but very promising research, New brain program may fight Alzheimer’s
Bredesen says his program only works for patients in the early stages of the disease; he says he doesn’t consider the program a cure for Alzheimer’s. His daily protocol includes:
- eating a Mediterranean diet high in vegetables and good fats
- regular cardio exercise
- fasting at least 12 hours after dinner
- brain training exercises
- getting at least 8 hours of sleep
- a regimen of supplements to address each patient’s deficiencies.
Critics say: until more research is done, the verdict is still out. The Alzheimer’s Association (USA) says it’s encouraged by his initial results, but further study is needed.
He’s now partnered with the Cleveland Clinic for a larger clinical trial of his program. For more information on Bredesen’s program, and on training for practitioners, visit mpi-cognition.comor call: 1-800-450-0805.
And in line with the focus on brain health on this page, here is an interesting article about how a lack of sleep may be affecting you health, including dementia, 6 Diseases Your Lack of Sleep Could Be Causing
Download the latest research article by Professor Dale Bredesen about his second study, Reversal of Cognitive Decline (2016)
An article about his work appeared in the Times recently as well, which you can see below or download here Alzheimer’s patients get better.
Slowing or reversing cognitive decline
There is much emerging evidence to support there are many t things you can do to slow the progression of dementia as well, and this study is one that you should explore. In one small study, Reversal of cognitive decline: A novel therapeutic program, where 9/10 early Alzheimer’s and Mild Cognitive Impairment were reversed (not cured) by a Dale Bredesen, a Professor of Neurology using a non drug approach, Bredesen recently reported he is getting similar results in over 30 new patients. We now have to steer the muddy waters of science and ask exactly what should we do with this information?
This is a very small sample but in view of the fact that until now no cases of reversal have been documented by an expert it adds weight to the findings. As it does not involve drugs, sadly, it’s very unlikely further trials will go anywhere. People with dementia deserve better than this. Here is the link to the reversal research: http://www.impactaging.com/papers/v6/n9/full/100690.html
The first part is heavy science but you read the stories and the protocols you will very likely understand. A few DAI members are also following this protocol, with positive effects.
We recommend viewing of this video on Youtube as well:
This update is on Professor Bredesens’ reversal of Alzheimer’s protocols where he has had over 90% success in improving symptoms and even reversing the disease process with documented cases of hippo-campus regions of the brains growing from the 17th -75th percentile. His academic paper will be released on this later study very soon.
Here is his website where you can apply to get one of the newly trained Doctors to help you. http://www.mpicognition.com
Risk Reduction for dementia
The following simple steps may reduce your risk of a dementia, and in some cases, may even slow down the progression of the disease if you have already been diagnosed with a dementia:
- Healthy diet and exercise
- Manage BP
- Manage cholesterol
- Manage weight
- Reduce isolation
- Neuroplasticity – brain training – needs to be NEW learning
- Give up smoking
The following TOP TIPS on risk reduction of developing dementia are from the The Alzheimer’s Society UK website :
- If you are over 40 (or have a history of dementia/cardiovascular problems in your family) you should get your cholesterol levels checked regularly. Managing your cholesterol by eating a balanced diet that avoids saturated fats will also help. Find out about managing cholesterol
- If you are over 40 (or have a history of dementia/cardiovascular problems in your family) you should get regular blood pressure checks to ensure it is at recommended levels. Find out about managing blood pressure
- Avoid obesity and weight gain by eating healthily and taking exercise – not only will this help reduce your risk of dementia but also your risk of heart disease and diabetes. Check if you are a healthy weight for your height
- Change your lifestyle to incorporate regular exercise in the long term – try and be physically active for at least 30 minutes, five times a week. Tips on exercise
- Try and stop smoking – this will be of huge benefit to your health in a number of ways as well as reducing your risk of dementia. Get advice on how to give up smoking
- Adopt a balanced diet for life. It’s fine to treat yourself to the occasional slice of cake but try and eat healthily and moderate your fat intake most of the time. A Mediterranean style diet may help reduce risk and is relatively easy to follow. Find out more about healthy eating
- Overall, try and lead an active lifestyle that combines physical, social and mental activity. Not only will it help to reduce your risk of dementia, you’ll hopefully enjoy life more as a result!