Middle aged women can experience cognitive decline as a side effect of stressful life experiences

Middle-aged women who experience stressful life experiences are more likely to develop dementia later in life, suggests a recent study from Johns Hopkins University. In their report, which was published in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, the team noted that the findings were specific to women who experience chronic stress. This could also explain the disproportionate rates of … Continue reading Middle aged women can experience cognitive decline as a side effect of stressful life experiences

Obesity accelerates cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease progression

As obesity rates continue to soar among all age groups in the U.S. and most other countries, the incidence of chronic diseases spawned by excess abdominal fat follows on a parallel course. Medical scientists have repeatedly confirmed that risk for heart disease, diabetes, stroke, cancer and dementia increases in direct relation to overweight and obesity … Continue reading Obesity accelerates cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease progression

Greater blood pressure control is key to preventing cognitive impairment and dementia, scientists find

For hypertensive adults, the need to maintain healthy blood pressure is a given. But a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association reveals that beyond its usual benefits, having a systolic blood pressure (SBP) of less than 120 mmHg is associated with fewer negative outcomes in the brain. The report, funded by the National Institute of Health through … Continue reading Greater blood pressure control is key to preventing cognitive impairment and dementia, scientists find

Electroacupuncture confirmed an effective alternative treatment for mild cognitive impairment

Electroacupuncture can be used as an effective alternative treatment for mild cognitive impairment (MCI), according to a systematic review and meta-analysis published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. In this paper, its benefits on mild cognitive impairment were investigated in comparison to Western interventions. Almost half of the people with MCI tend to progress … Continue reading Electroacupuncture confirmed an effective alternative treatment for mild cognitive impairment

Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Mental Decline

The risk of age-related cognitive decline is significantly increased by vitamin D deficiency, according to a new study conducted by researchers from the Peninsula Medical School in Exeter, the University of Cambridge and the University of Michigan, and published in the Journal of Geriatric Psychology. Researchers assessed the vitamin D status and cognitive function of 2,000 … Continue reading Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Mental Decline

Can cinnamon extracts help with diabetes and obesity?

Cinnamon is a well-known spice used to flavor savory and sweet foods. It is also widely used as a traditional medicine. Two varieties of cinnamon are used for these purposes, cinnamon cassia (Cinnamomum cassia) and ceylon cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum). Although the former is the more common of the two, the latter is scientifically known for … Continue reading Can cinnamon extracts help with diabetes and obesity?

Uncovering the truth about pesticides in food

Every year, six billion pounds of pesticides are used around the world. The effects of all this pesticide use are felt in every aspect of our lives because these chemicals are incredibly pervasive. Even if you eat organic – and you definitely should – it is still hard to avoid pesticide exposure entirely. That’s unfortunate … Continue reading Uncovering the truth about pesticides in food

Need more potassium? Here are 9 potassium-rich foods to add to your diet

Potassium is important for many bodily functions. The essential mineral, for instance, plays a vital role in muscle contraction. Multiple studies have also found that consuming more potassium can lower a person’s risk of stroke. But if the body has low levels of potassium, it can lead to hypokalemia, a condition marked by muscle cramps, weakness and irregular … Continue reading Need more potassium? Here are 9 potassium-rich foods to add to your diet

Consuming more strawberries may help lower Alzheimer’s risk among the elderly

A study published in the journal Current Developments in Nutrition found that a diet rich in vitamin C, anthocyanidin and flavonoid – nutrients plenty in strawberries – can help reduce Alzheimer’s disease among older people. The researchers from the Rush University Medical Center and Rush Insitute for Health Aging said that participants who ate strawberries more than once a week were 32 percent less likely to develop … Continue reading Consuming more strawberries may help lower Alzheimer’s risk among the elderly

How can a plant-based diet help diabetics? Study explains

A study published in the journal Nutrients found that a plant-based diet can restore the function of beta cells, which are important for insulin production and healthy blood glucose levels. According to the researchers, modern medicine only slightly slows down the decline of beta-cell function in people with Type 2 diabetes. The study, on the other hand, showed that a plant-based … Continue reading How can a plant-based diet help diabetics? Study explains