Do You Have This Secret Dementia Trigger?
There are some docs who will tell you that diseases like dementia are a matter of genetics.
If you have the wrong genes, you’re basically doomed.
But that’s total nonsense.
As many as 50% of dementia cases are due to factors that are completely within your control… things like high blood pressure, obesity, and smoking.
Now, researchers have recently identified another treatablecondition that sends your risk of dementia through the roof.
The good news? Getting it under control could go a long way towards making sure you never lose your mind.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a problem that causes you to stop breathing while you’re sleeping. Sometimes the episodes are short enough to go unnoticed. Other times, you’ll wake up gasping for air.
The problem happens when the muscles in your throat relax, causing your airway to become narrow or blocked altogether.
Waking throughout the night and snoring may be the most obvious signs of the problem.
But there’s something happening below the surface that could be even more harmful than the condition itself.
According to a recent study published in the European Respiratory Journal, all of these episodes of shallow, interrupted breathing can cause changes in the brain that are also seen in early dementia.
Practically speaking, those changes reduced the “verbal encoding” ability of the subjects — that’s a skill necessary for you to be able to retain new information.
This is the first study to show that the low oxygen levels can cause changes to the very structure of the brain. But it’s not the first to show the link between sleep apnea and dementia.
Some studies have indicated that sleep apnea increases the risk of dementia, and others have shown that sleep apnea increases levels of beta amyloid plaque in the brain — the toxic protein associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
Controlling your sleep apnea could go a long way toward lowering your dementia risk. One of the best ways to do that is with a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine. It blows air through a mask that covers your mouth and nose, which makes sure your airway stays open.
It’s not pretty, but that’s a small price to pay for better breathing, better sleep — and ultimately, better brain health.
To a brighter day,
Dr. Richard Gerhauser, M.D.
Written By Dr. Richard Gerhauser, M.D.
For years he’s been the trusted doctor for celebrities, world-class athletes, and countless seniors looking to reclaim their health.
And now…for the first time ever… he’s making his medical breakthroughs available to readers all across America.
Dr. Richard Gerhauser, M.D. is one of the most pioneering and innovative minds in medicine today – and he delivers cutting-edge cures each month through his Natural Health Response newsletter.
Natural Health Response readers get full access to Dr. Gerhauser’s protocols for chronic pain… heart disease… diabetes… Alzheimer’s… and even cancer. These are the very same treatments Dr. Gerhauser recommends to his own patients at his practice in Tucson, Arizona.
In addition to being a board-certified medical doctor, Dr. Gerhauser has earned two master’s degrees and has served as a clinical professor at the University of Arizona.
And as a physician at the world-famous Canyon Ranch, Dr. Gerhauser treated celebrities from around the world who paid dearly for the type of next-generation health information he provides Natural Health Response readers each month.
View More Free Articles
Everyone knows that vitamins are good for you. What everyone might NOT know is just how BAD it is when you’re not getting enough of these critical nutrients. In fact, a deficiency in this ONE key vitamin can really take a toll on your body, causing everything from severe muscle pain to neurological disorders. Here’s...
Most humans have a basic survival instinct that makes us want to live as long as possible. But you’d never know it when you consider all of the dangerous, toxic, downright stupid things we do that make us sick, miserable, and (ultimately) dead. Some things are obvious… like smoking or eating Twinkies. Others aren’t so...
When it comes to taking statins, I advise taking the “better safe than sorry” approach. No, that doesn’t mean TAKING statins just in case they could help you… it means NOT taking statins because their benefits don’t outweigh their risks. This has been an unpopular opinion until very recently… Studies on statins show just how...
Heartburn is no fun. It’s painful and uncomfortable. And in really bad cases, it can feel like you’re having a heart attack. But it’s never going to kill you. The drugs used to treat it, on the other hand? They just might. The list of side effects linked to them should have them pulled off...
What you eat plays a major role in your overall health and wellbeing… and even in how long you could live. But too often, we choose foods based on their impact on factors like heart disease, diabetes, or weight gain. There’s nothing wrong with that… but something is missing from that list. Your brain health....
There are a whole lot of things I think the government should just stay out of. Healthcare is one of them. The health advice coming Uncle Sam is notoriously outdated, inaccurate, and tainted with the money of big corporations that have billions to gain. Case in point: A particular government regulation that could INCREASE your...
It seems like pink ribbons are plastered everywhere to remind us that women are still getting—and dying from—breast cancer. But I don’t need a pink ribbon to remind me… and you probably don’t either. I’ve personally known too many women—both family members and patients—who have been part of the 41,000 women who die of breast...
My grandfather always used to tell me that eating venison would help me run faster… and that carrots would help me see better. My grandmother said that eating apples would help “keep the doctor away.” Many of us have grown up with these sayings… but are they actually true? Today, we’re going to see what...
When it comes to surviving cancer, the earlier you discover cancer, the better the prognosis. That’s why cancer screening tests are so important. The problem is that some types of cancers stay hidden for a long time… and others present themselves with vague symptoms that often don’t seem indicative of cancer at all. Brain cancer...
Dementia is spreading like an epidemic in America. Some people will tell you that it’s caused by your faulty genetics. In reality, you have a lot of say in what diseases you do and don’t get – including dementia. Case in point: A simple vitamin deficiency can make you twice as likely to develop dementia....