Is Alzheimer’s Disease Preventable?

Alzheimer’s disease is a very large, extremely costly, growing epidemic that affects older individuals.   The average per-person Medicaid spending for seniors with Alzheimer disease and other dementias is 19 times higher than the average per-person Medicaid spending for all other seniors. If no changes are made, Alzheimer’s disease will cost an estimated $1.2 trillion (in today’s dollars) in 2050. Costs to Medicare and Medicaid will increase nearly 500 percent.

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Diabetics – Listen Up!

Ellen’s new book “The Ketogenic Diet for Type 1 Diabetes” is now available.
In response to reader requests, here is the information on how to order both
of these books:

Photo of the cover of the book, Conquer Type 2 Diabetes with a Ketogenic Diet.
Diabetics, listen up! You now have available a new and important book authored by Ellen Davis and Keith Runyan, M.D. entitled Conquer Type 2 Diabetes with a Ketogenic Diet. It is second in a promising series of ketogenic diets for special conditions.(1)

Ellen has a Master of Science degree in Applied Clinical Nutrition, and Dr. Runyan is a practicing physician specializing in obesity, kidney disease, and diabetes who is himself a type-1 diabetic. Despite their expertise and personal knowledge, they strongly advise that your personal physician be involved in review and application of information in this book.
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Peter Attia’s Ted Talk: What If We’re Wrong About Diabetes

Peter Attia’s “What if we’re wrong about diabetes” talk from TEDMED 2013. This is his famous talk about the science behind diabetes and obesity, and how his own personal biases were influencing his judgement as a physician. Well worth watching.



Preview of Peter Attia’s TEDMED 2013 Talk

Peter Attia’s TEDMED 2013 talk has been given some great reviews, but we’re going to take some time before it’s available on video. Until then, we have a teaser video that covers his own prejudism against the overweight and obese as a young(er) doctor. He tended to blame his overweight patients for their weight related diseases, and he remarks how fundamentally different this was to how he treated his other patients.

At any rate, here’s a couple minute of what looks to be a very engaging talk. Let’s see if it tides us over…

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High Blood Sugar In Ketogenic Dieters! Plus A Special Surprise (Hint: Genotypes And Metabolism)!

A while ago Michael and I were discussing future article topics. There are truly a plethora of avenues to go down in this area of research and there is no lack of things to research and comment on. But even though I have a couple of pretty cool MCT articles sitting around on my desk, I want an interesting topic. I want something new. Something challenging. Besides, everyone is drinking the MCT koolaid these days. It’s become passe. (Also, it upsets my stomach and I have a personal vendetta against it. So there.)
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Diet and Exercise Study Curtailed: Shows No Help For Heart Attack and Stroke for Type 2’s

Seems like our presumption that a calorie-reduction diet and an exercise regimen is the cure for all that ails us hit another snag recently. From the New York Times:

A large federal study of whether diet and weight loss can prevent heart attacks and strokes in overweight and obese people with Type 2 diabetes has ended two years ahead of schedule because the intensive program did not help.

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It Turns Out Low Carb Ketogenic Diets Are Beneficial for Type 2 Diabetics

I’ve seen a few mentions of some new research coming out in the October issue of Nutrition regarding the beneficial effects of low carb and very low carb ketogenic diets for the treatment of type 2 diabetics. Unfortunately, the main article is behind a paywall, but the abstract looks tantalizing:

  • Experiment duration was 24 weeks. Much research is flawed because the duration is absurdly short…this appears to be of sufficient duration to begin to offer meaningful results.
  • 102 diagnosed type 2 diabetics were tested among ~300 subjects
  • Body weight, body mass index, changes in waist circumference, blood glucose level, changes in hemoglobin and glycosylated hemoglobin, total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, triglycerides, uric acid, urea and creatinine were measured every 4 weeks

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Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution – Richard Bernstein

Image of the cover of the book, by Richard K. Bernstein
Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution by Richard K. Bernstein, MD
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This is a must read for anyone with diabetes (Type 1 or Type 2), or friends of relative of someone with diabetes. Dr. Bernstein isn’t just another talkin’ head, he is a type 1 diabetic himself who eats low carb and uses low carb diets and nutrition as part of his treatment protocol for his type 1 and type 2 patients.

As both a doctor and a diabetic, he has the understanding of the relationship between insulin, glucose, meds and nutrition necessary to halt and reverse the progression of diabetes. Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution provides practical advice for diabetics looking to improve their condition, reduce their injections, and/or get off their medications. What’s more, he has some strong opinions on commonly prescribed diabetes medications that diabetics should avoid taking at all costs.