By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC and Maria Cummings
Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia (and the most common type) that affects memory, behavior, and thinking. Although Alzheimer’s is not a “regular” part of aging it is more common as we age. Dementia unlike Alzheimer’s is not a particular disease rather a term that describes a wide variety of symptoms. Age, family health history, and genetics all play a role in Alzheimer’s, but they do not guarantee that you will have the disease, even though there is a higher chance.
Your metabolic syndrome can put you at an increased risk for Alzheimer’s and dementia. A metabolic syndrome is a group of risk factors that increase your risk to certain diseases such as Alzheimer’s, dementia, heart disease and much more. Metabolic syndrome is also referred to as insulin resistance syndrome. The good news is that is not a disease but rather more of a risk factor.
People who are at risk for the metabolic causes of dementia include anyone who have the following:
Some autoimmune conditions
Chronic hypoglycemia (common in people who use insulin)
Exposure to heavy metal toxicity like lead, arsenic, mercury, or manganese
Although you can not changes certain aspects of your life like your age, your genetics or family health history, you can adjust your lifestyle to help reduce your metabolic syndrome/health risks. Take the lead in your health by staying fit, keeping your brain active, and eating a healthy diet. You can take one more step further by ordering our Comprehensive Blood Work which will check your critical inflammatory markers; it covers traditional labs plus, insulin, comprehensive thyroid and an iron panel. There is light at the end of the tunnel and you can help add good quality years to your life or a loved one!
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Medical disclaimer: Our Comprehensive Blood Test and all test kits cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor.