Beyond Diet and Exercise: Controlling Blood Sugar

According to the recently published National Diabetes Report, over 29 million people in the United States have diabetes. That’s nearly 10% of the population. Perhaps more disconcerting is that nearly 30% of those folks go undiagnosed, unaware that they even have the disease. All told, adult type 2 diabetes accounts for 95% of all diagnosed cases of diabetes.

Avoid these 7 drugs to decrease your dementia risk

Most of us harbor some nagging fears about the onset of dementia. To reduce the risk, you may take proactive steps like upping physical exercise, playing brain games and eating certain foods. But you should also be learning what not to do. There are certain kinds of toxins that you should avoid to protect your brain’s health. These drugs can range from seemingly innocent over-the-counter cold medicines to prescription pain medications. What do they have in common? They block acetylcholine, a key neurotransmitter in the body, which is a mechanism that leads to lower brain function. In fact, research has linked these drugs to increased risk of dementia and also to hospitalizations in older adults. They actually are thought to have the opposite effect of medications often used to treat Alzheimer’s, which work to increase acetylcholine. Sometimes, you can’t avoid taking certain drugs, but if’s definitely worth avoiding them if possible. Here are seven common types of anticholinergic drugs. Sedating antihistamines Take heed when you see “diphenhydramine” on the label (brand name Benadryl). Non-sedating antihistamines, containing “loratadine” (brand name Claritin) are much safer for the brain. PM over-the-counter painkillers Most of your favorite OTC painkiller, such as Tylenol and Motrin, …

5 Proven Ways to Prevent Memory Loss

Back in the day, we believed that brain function peaked in early adulthood, slowly declining with increasing memory lapses. Now, researchers have discovered that our modern lifestyle plays a significant role in our brain health. Top brain health enemies include toxins, poor diet, lack of sleep, and — of course — stress. Fortunately, a healthy lifestyle can support good brain health and even encourage your brain to grow new neurons. In particular, your brain’s memory center – the hippocampus – can grow new cells throughout your entire life, even into your 90s! But there’s a caveat: you must give your brain the right tools to generate these fresh new cells. Happily, these tips don’t cost a dime. They will help encourage your brain to grow new cells and stay sharp and focused. 1. Smart Eating Consider healthy foods as your essential brain tonic. Fresh vegetables and healthy fats are a good start, but you’ll also want to avoid sugar and refined carbs. Additionally, curry, celery, broccoli, cauliflower and walnuts contain antioxidants that protect your brain health and may even accelerate the production of new brain cells. Consider adding healthy fats, such as coconut oil to your favorite dishes. According to …