Alzheimer’s News Cont.

We know sleep is essential for good health and to function at our best. A few years ago Maiken Nedergaard, M.D., from the URMC’s Center for Translational Neuromedicine, and some of her colleagues gave us even more incentive to get a good night sleep. They discovered a waste-draining system that they named the “glymphatic system” that moves cerebrospinalthrough the spaces between neurons, flushing proteins and other neural waste into the circulatory system and away. If left unchecked, the accumulation of proteins, such as amyloid-beta, can lead to Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, almost every neurodegenerative disease is associated with the accumulation of cellular waste products. If you have difficulty sleeping, be sure to talk to your acupuncturist to see if they can help you get a better nights rest.

In addition to sleep, diet is an important part of brain health. RUSH University Medical Center in Chicago has found that patients that adhered rigorously to the MIND diet (a hybrid of the Mediterranean and DASH diets) lowered their risk for Alzheimer’s by as much as 53%. Patients that followed the diet more loosely still had a 35% lowered risk for Alzheimer’s.

MIND Recommended Foods

- Green leafy vegetables (daily)

- Other vegetables (daily)

- Nuts  (5x/week)    - Fish (once/week)

- Berries  (2x/week)    - Poultry (at least 2x/wk)

- Beans  (3x/week)    - Olive oil (as needed)

- Whole grains  (3x/day)   - Wine(once/day)

Foods to Reduce

- Red Meat (no more than 4x/week)

- Butter and margarine (no more than 1 tablespoon/day)

- Cheese (no more than once/week)

- Sweets like pastries (no more than 5x/week)

- Fried Foods (no more than once a week)

Overall, we like the MIND diet, just remember to adjust it as the seasons change or as your acupuncturist recommends for your particular condition.