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Concussions may lead to Alzheimer’s brain plaques

People who suffer concussions may be at a higher risk of developing plaques on the brain found in people with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study featured in the journal Neurology.

The new research released today examines the relationship between concussions and amyloid beta plaques in the brain. While the study couldn’t prove causation, it helps shed light into the possible long-term effects of traumatic brain injuries.

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Trauma’s Effect on the Brain
Study author Michelle Mielke, a researcher at the Mayo Clinic, scanned the brains of 589 people ages 70 or older. Of those, 141 had symptoms of mild cognitive impairment. All were asked about whether they’d suffered a concussion in the past.

Researchers found the 17 percent of the 448 people without thinking or memory problems reported a brain injury, while 18 percent of the 141 people with memory problems reported a concussion or other head trauma.

The brain scans reveled no differences among the people without memory and thinking impairments, regardless of past head trauma.

Those with memory and thinking impairments and a history of head trauma, however, had an average of 18 percent more amyloid beta plaques—the hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease—than those with no history of head trauma.

“Interestingly, in people with a history of concussion, a difference in the amount of brain plaques was found only in those with memory and thinking problems, not in those who were cognitively normal,” Mielke said in a statement. “Our results add merit to the idea that concussion and Alzheimer’s disease brain pathology may be related.”

Mielke did note that any relationship between head trauma and amyloid plaque development is likely complex.

What’s the Difference Between Alzheimer’s and Dementia?

More Research Required
Calling the study’s findings “intriguing,” Keith Fargo, director of publications and outreach for the Alzheimer’s Association, said it raises more questions than it answers and that more studies are needed, particularly long-term ones that follow people throughout their lives.

“It’s an interesting piece of an overall puzzle,” he said. “We’re glad people are doing research in this area. We need to know more about head injury and dementia later in life.”

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, previous research has been linking brain injuries to dementia and other cognitive problems for more than 30 years.

Emerging research in athletes who participate in high-contact sports—football, boxing, hockey, etc.—show that repeated blows to the head make them more likely to develop a specific form of dementia called chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

 

  Published December 27, 2013

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Sugar: Problems Linked to High Intake….nutrition411

The average American consumes nearly 400 calories from added sugars each day, the equivalent of 22 teaspoons (tsp) worth. The American Heart Association’s Nutrition Committee of the Council on Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Metabolism and the Council on Epidemiology and Prevention released a scientific statement entitled Dietary Sugars Intake and Cardiovascular Health in late 2009. The statement suggests that American women should consume no more than 100 calories and men no more than 150 calories from added sugar each day.

‘Added sugar’ includes sugars and syrups added to foods during processing or preparation, including sugars and syrups added at the table. The recent increase in average sugar intake is largely because of increased consumption of soft drinks, fruit drinks, desserts, sugars and jellies, candy, and ready-to-eat cereals, with soft drinks and other sweetened beverages accounting for the largest source of added sugars in the American diet. Authors of the paper noted that because food labels do not differentiate between natural sugar and added sugar, it is difficult for the average consumer to make wise choices. However, in 2006, the US Dept of Agriculture (USDA) created a database listing the added sugar content of food (http://www.ars.usda.gov/Services/docs.htm?docid=12107).

Problems linked to a high intake of added sugar
The following are problems linked to a high intake of added sugar, as outlined by the statement:

Insulin resistance: In some studies, fructose was linked to insulin resistance, obesity, hypertension, dyslipidemia, and type 2 diabetes mellitus in humans. Please note that high-fructose corn syrup actually is not made primarily from fructose; it is only 55% fructose and the other 45% is glucose.
Calorie intake: In some studies, soft drink consumption was linked to increased calorie intake, greater body weight, and lower intake of valuable nutrients. The sugar in soda is absorbed very quickly, which might explain why people who consume sugar-sweetened beverages on a regular basis seem to have an increased risk of developing diabetes.
Blood pressure: An emerging but inconclusive body of evidence links a high intake of added sugar to increased blood pressure. In the Framingham Heart Study, for instance, people who consumed more than one soft drink/day had a higher chance of developing hypertension and a 44% increased chance of having a diagnosis of metabolic syndrome.
Triglycerides and cholesterol: When added fats are replaced with carbohydrate, serum triglyceride levels increase and high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol decreases. However, this is apparently more substantial when refined carbohydrates are used, rather than the carbohydrates found in milk, fruit, etc. Diets that are high in fructose, sucrose, and glucose are linked to increased serum triglyceride levels, particularly in men, sedentary overweight people, people consuming a low-fiber diet, and people with metabolic syndrome.
Chronic hyperinsulinemia: Chronic hyperinsulinemia may cause people to eat more by preventing dopamine clearance from the pleasure center of the brain, increasing the pleasure caused by eating, even when a person has no physiological need to eat. It also promotes eating as a form of self-medication when a person is stressed.
Vitamins, minerals, and fiber: People who consume a large amount of added sugar, especially intake that exceed 25% of total calories, have reduced intake of calcium, vitamin A, iron, and zinc. Intake of sugar also is inversely related to fiber intake.

Recommendations
The following are recommendations as outlined by the statement:

 

    • Limit your discretionary caloric intake (the calories left after you have consumed enough vegetables, fruit, lean protein, low-fat dairy, whole grains, and other foods necessary to stay healthy). The USDA recommends that if you consume a 2000-calorie diet, you should limit your discretionary caloric intake to no more than 267 calories, divided into 18 grams (g) of fat and 32 g of sugar (8 tsp). If you drink alcohol, you need to count this as a part of the daily discretionary calories. Currently, discretionary intake is much too high, 30%-42% of total caloric intake.

 

    • Move more. If you burn more calories, your allowance for discretionary intake will increase. So if you want to eat more, you need to move more!

 

    • Consume no more than 10% of your total calories in the form of added sugar, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

 

    • Restrict intake of soda and other sweetened beverages.

 

    • Choose whole-food snacks, such as bananas, raisins, and peanuts, rather than high-sugar refined-grain snacks, such as candy bars and soda, to reduce postprandial glucose response.

 

    • Select low-energy density foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, skim milk, lean meats, and other unprocessed foods.

 

    • Use discretionary calories to sweeten healthful food choices, such as plain yogurt or whole-grain cereal.

 

    •    Remember that sugar is sugar, whether it is from honey, agave syrup, beet sugar, brown rice syrup, etc.  

 

  • Read labels. If a food contains no milk or fruit, the sugar column on the Nutrition Facts Label is all added sugar.

The Health Benefits Of Chiropractic Treatments

A good chiropractor can improve your overall well being and help you get better naturally!

Matteo Chiropractic & Physical Therapy report that there are many other health benefits that are worth pointing out. .

Helpful for a Wide Range of Conditions

A good chiropractor can address a wide range of medical issues that go beyond back and neck pain.

Chiropractic treatments are also suitable for individuals that suffer from leg pain, knee pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, tension headaches, sleep disorders, high blood pressure, stress, fibromyalgia, arthritis and chronic injuries.

Better Than Medications

Various studies have focused on the efficiency of chiropractic care and its ability to relieve pain.

According to a study that was presented in the Annals of Internal Medicine, chiropractic treatments and exercise offer more reliable neck pain relief than pharmaceutical products. People who have regular chiropractic sessions decrease their expenditure on medicines and are admitted to hospitals less frequently than others, additional studies show.

No Drugs and Side Effects

Many people are already familiarizing themselves with the side effects and long-term consequences of using certain medications. As a result, the number of individuals looking for alternative treatments and non-pharmaceutical remedies has increased rapidly.

Chiropractic procedures involve no medications. They focus on stimulating natural healing without side effects. Chiropractors will perform manual adjustments and other kinds of muscular stimulation to deliver results.

There will be no invasive surgery or use of pharmaceutical products alongside the chiropractic treatment. If you are looking for a natural treatment that involves no complications or lengthy recovery periods, chiropractic procedures are a good option for you.

Consultations with Other Medical Doctors and Professionals

Before the chiropractic treatment starts, you will be examined thoroughly. The examination may involve traditional medical procedures like having an X-ray. Such tests and exams enable the chiropractor to pinpoint the cause of the problem and select the most beneficial treatment.

During the course of the treatment, your local chiropractor may consult other medical professionals to assess your condition better and to figure out whether the treatment is delivering the expected results.

If the condition is complex and difficult to treat, your chiropractor will refer you to a doctor and you will rely on the combined efforts of the two professionals.

Chiropractic treatments deliver many benefits for people suffering from a wide range of medical conditions. The safety and the efficiency of the approach have increased its popularity. Many individuals have already experienced the positive results and they feel ready to share information about the experience with others, thus increasing awareness.

Article contributed by Ryan Weisgerber, The National Directory of Chiropractic