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
It’s no secret that I’m a fan of exercise. Any kind of exercise. I like to push my body to the limit, but even something as simple as gardening or dancing can make a big impact on your health. But what if you can’t even do that? What if pain or sickness or depression or...
Wouldn’t it be great if you could take a magic pill and make your cancer disappear? Or swallow a liquid elixir and never get heart disease? Of course, we all want what’s fast, easy (and preferably cheap!), but those kinds of solutions just don’t exist… Or do they? Two recent studies show a way to...
When it comes to fighting superbugs, the solutions tend to be in the most unlikely places. For example, one study showed that soil from Northern Ireland contains bacterium effective against six of the main superbugs responsible for antibiotic resistance! And this most recent finding is just as strange. Because scientists have found that one of...
Knowing you have cancer is bad enough. Living with cancer is even worse. Cancer causes debilitating pain that will destroy your quality of life. Adding insult to injury, the drugs used to treat cancer – like chemotherapy – are notorious for making you even more MISERABLE. But the state of Minnesota has begun a program...
There’s not much good news when it comes to Parkinson’s disease. It impacts more than 10 million people around the world. There is NO CURE. And current treatment only focuses on symptoms… not on actually stopping its progression. The picture is bleak, but there is some good news… Researchers have identified a substance that can...
People used to think that only smokers got lung cancer. That’s just not true. Lung cancer actually kills more men and women than any other type of cancer—with the number predicted to be nearly 150,000 this year alone. But there’s good news. Researchers have identified a way to STOP lung cancer from spreading to other...
When your days are numbered, you want every moment to count. What you DON’T want is to have to deal with side effects from drugs you shouldn’t even be taking to begin with. But it turns out that dying cancer patients are routinely given long-term, preventive drugs, when they have just weeks left to live....
Everyone wants to live longer… but not everyone is willing to do what it takes to add extra years to their life. Most of the time that’s because people think you need to run marathons or eat like a rabbit to make a real difference. But you don’t. A recent study that evaluated data from...
If you’re one of the 14 million Americans suffering painful arthritis in your knees, you already know miserable it can be. And as the condition progresses, the pain can limit your ability to do “simple” tasks like climbing steps or even get dressed in the morning. In fact, almost HALF of the folks with knee...
When you get screened for type 2 diabetes, and you get the all-clear, you might assume you don’t have diabetes. But you could be in for a big surprise. And not a good one. Because according to a recent study, one of the most popular diagnostic tests for type 2 diabetes is completely unreliable. And...