New Studies Link Carbohydrates to Alzheimer’s

Updated: Mar 9

A diet heavy in carbohydrates can lead to weight gain, high cholesterol, and put you at an alarming risk for not just Heart Disease and Diabetes, but also Alzheimer’s Disease.

Did you see the article “I'm a Brain Doctor, and This Is What I Do to Prevent Alzheimer's” by David Perlmutter, M.D. published in Men’s Health on December 3, 2018? It really is extremely interesting!


In the article, Dr. Perlmutter pointed to recent research from the Mayo Clinic that revealed that “deriving most of dietary calories from carbohydrates was associated with an 89% increased risk for either mild cognitive impairment, or full-blown dementia. In their study, those consuming the highest levels of fat actually demonstrated a 44% reduction in risk.”

He then pointed out that this study is in line with additional scientific research from a New England Journal of Medicine Study. According to Dr. Perlmutter this study shows that “Alzheimer’s risk is increased in lockstep with blood sugar measurements, a reflection of dietary choices.”


Here is the link to Dr. Perlmutter’s article in Men’s Health:

https://www.menshealth.com/nutrition/a25350420/alzheimers-prevention-tips/


For the science folks, here is the link to the Mayo Clinic study:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22810099


Here is the link to the New England Journal of Medicine Study

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3955123/


So, what is the role of carbs in the body, anyway? Carbs are a source of energy. Many scientists believe that when you are low on carbs, your body turns to fat and protein for fuel.

Carbs are a very hot topic and many people have strong opinions about them. The 2015 to 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that you consume 45% to 65% of your calories from carbs. This works out to 225 to 325 grams under a 2,000 calorie diet. The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) across all calorie levels is 130 grams. The RDA is actually a minimum established by the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Sciences. Those on the “Keto” diet take in no more than 50 grams per day, 20 in the beginning.


Since I am not a medical expert, I cannot give you advice regarding how many carbs you should consume. If you are living a Keto lifestyle, please make sure you are under the care of a doctor that supports Keto.


If you want to learn about how carbs work, pick up some tips and strategies to lower them, and get 100+ low-carb recipes, consider purchasing my book: All About the Carb and 100 Recipes to Crush 'Em.


It is available on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/About-Carb-Plus-Recipes-Crush-ebook/dp/B07M6R6N8T/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1548782550&sr=8-1&keywords=kate+witkowski


To Healthy Eating and Living Made Simple,

Kate