At least one in eight people older than 65 in the U.S. has Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia. However, according to a study, a group of scientists has formulated a “hybrid diet” that can help prevent cognitive decline.
According to their findings, the MIND (Mediterranean-DASH Diet Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay) diet, which combines the Mediterranean diet with the low-fat Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet, can help maintain “at-risk people’s thinking, reasoning, and memories.”
For this hybrid diet, individuals must eat nine types of foods or drinks regularly such as vegetables and berries. Dieters can even have a glass of wine, along with limited intake of “sweets and pastries.” (Related: 7 Foods that Can Fight Alzheimer’s & Dementia Naturally.)
Stroke survivors who have experienced cognitive decline tried the MIND diet for at least 13 years, and “their risk of developing dementia” were greatly reduced. The researchers added that even the brains of healthier individuals can benefit from the hybrid diet.
Dr. Laurel Cherian, a study author from Rush University, says that they formulated the MIND diet to “emphasize foods that will not only lower our risk of heart attacks and stroke, but make our brains as resilient as possible to cognitive decline.”
Baldness is not just simply losing hair. For men, it can cause distress. Those who try to cure their baldness are mocked for being vain, while those who are balding are made fun for being old and unattractive. Balding, for men, means losing their manliness. This can be likened to menopause which is often associated with loss of femininity for women. More than these, baldness can lead to a lot of psychological and emotional problems linked to self-confidence and self-esteem.
“I have seen many men who have become clinically depressed as a result of starting to lose their hair, and several have tried to kill themselves because it made them so low and desperate,” wrote Dr. Max Pemberton for Daily Mail Online.
The main risk factors of baldness are genetics and hormones. Other possible causes of baldness include aging, hormonal imbalance, injury or burns, scalp infections, such as ringworm, iron deficiency, insufficient protein content in diet, family history of baldness, medical conditions or diseases that cause hair loss, and medicines used in chemotherapy.
When it comes to heart health, there are a few factors that commonly spring to mind, like eating a healthy diet and getting plenty of exercise. However, it turns out that one of the less-obvious approaches to heart health could be the best one: getting more sunlight.
According to a study carried out by scientists from Ohio University, vitamin D3 can significantly restore cardiovascular system damage. Their findings were published in the International Journal of Nanomedicine.
Vitamin D3 has long been associated with bone health, but doctors and researchers have noticed that many heart attack patients have D3 deficiencies. While this is not necessarily causing the heart attack, it is raising people’s risks. Therefore, the researchers set out to use nanosensors to uncover the mechanism through which D3 could be beneficial to cardiovascular health.
The team’s nanosensors have a diameter that is 1,000 times smaller than a strand of human hair, and they’re capable of tracking the impact the vitamin has on single endothelial cells, which are vital regulators within in the cardiovascular system.
They found that vitamin D3 can stimulate nitric oxide, a key signaling molecule in regulating blood flow and preventing clot formation. It also lowers the oxidative stress seen in the cardiovascular system.