Research Proves: Reverse Cognitive Decline With Diet, Lifestyle Changes

As you get old­er, some of the devel­op­ments you fear the most are loss of mem­o­ry and oth­er signs of cog­ni­tive decline. Many seniors become unable to func­tion in their job, or lose inter­est in vital leisure and fam­i­ly activ­i­ties. And tra­di­tion­al­ly, the med­ical prog­no­sis is bleak: once your brain starts to go south, there’s no turn­ing back – the process only gets worse with advanc­ing age.

But, for­tu­nate­ly, in many cas­es the med­ical prog­no­sis is all wrong.

Your mind doesn’t have to dete­ri­o­rate as you get old­er. The most com­mon rea­sons it does are straight­for­ward (and cor­rectable!): you’ve thrown your meta­bol­ic sys­tems off kil­ter with poor diet, a seden­tary lifestyle, or inad­e­quate sleep.

The med­ical jour­nal Aging offers proof.

In an arti­cle pub­lished in Sep­tem­ber 2014, researchers report­ed on ten patients with dif­fer­ent vari­eties of cog­ni­tive loss. Each was pro­vid­ed a per­son­al­ized, com­pre­hen­sive risk fac­tor mod­i­fi­ca­tion pro­gram, which con­sist­ed large­ly of changes in diet, nutri­tion­al sup­ple­ments, exer­cise, and improved sleep habits.

The ther­a­peu­tic pro­grams weren’t sim­ple. There were sig­nif­i­cant diet changes that had to be made, lots of pills to swal­low, and a life­time of poor exer­cise habits to over­come. In fact, none of the sub­jects was able to imple­ment the pro­gram per­fect­ly. But that didn’t poi­son the results.

The improve­ments were dra­mat­ic. Nine of the ten patients boost­ed their men­tal func­tion and were able to con­tin­ue work­ing and enjoy­ing a vari­ety of oth­er activ­i­ties.

If you or a loved one is begin­ning to wor­ry about mem­o­ry loss or anoth­er vari­ety of cog­ni­tive decline, take action. As the article’s author empha­sized, mak­ing one small change (like upping your intake of vit­a­min D) may not be enough. You’ve got to attack the prob­lem com­pre­hen­sive­ly.

More infor­ma­tion? Call me at 212–400-9663 or e-mail to drlavine@askdrlavine.com.

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About Ronald Lavine, D.C.

Dr. Lavine has more than thirty years' experience helping patients alleviate pain and restore health using diverse, scientifically-based manual therapy and therapeutic exercise and alignment methods.

His website, askdrlavine.com, provides more information about his approach.

Please contact him at drlavine@yourbodyofknowledge.com or at 212-400-9663.

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