Dementia is the leading cause of death in the UK(1) and Alzheimer’s Disease is the most frequent cause of age-related cognitive decline. A woman in the West has a greater chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease than breast cancer. Unfortunately Alzheimer’s disease has no cure and badly affects the patient’s quality of life; it is particularly distressing for their family and those that care for them.
My personal interest in Alzheimer’s began when my Mother was diagnosed in 2012. She died earlier this year and although travelling with her on that journey was in turn heart breaking, terrifying and stressful I have learnt a lot along the way. I met some wonderful people who gave me and Mum invaluable help and I am well placed now to give support to others. There is however, no doubt that this is an awful disease which can have a devastating effect.
In March 2015 I was privileged to see Professor Dale Bredesden at a conference in London. Professor Bredesden is an internationally recognised expert in neurodegenerative diseases and was presenting his recently published work, the first to show positive results in reversing Alzheimer’s disease. (2)
It was truly amazing to see how he had transformed people’s lives, who had the very familiar symptoms that Mum had experienced, and nutrition was at the heart of what he did. Amanda Williams, Managing Director of Cytoplan, a charitable foundation concerned with nutrition and health projects, was also present at Professor Bredesden’s talk and was similarly impressed with his work and was keen to bring it to the UK. Cytoplan as well as co-coordinating the Action Against Alzheimer’s Programmes are involved in further research and training of GPs in the Bredesden Protocol ™. The Bredesden Protocol ™ looks at each individual testing their particular biochemistry and producing individualised protocols. The Cytoplan Action Against Alzheimer’s programme has the potential to reach more people through group work and uses the dietary and lifestyle approaches used in the protocol. In summary the work that Professor Bredesden shows there is much we can do to take back control of our health and this is very empowering.
I am proud to be able to offer Cytoplan’s Action Against Alzheimer’s Programme as one of my key areas of advice at ‘Nutrition by Rosie’. To read more about the initiative take a look at Cytoplan’s dedicated website.
What does the Action Against Alzheimer’s Program include?
Much of Bredesden’s work involves changes to people’s diet and lifestyle. The Cytoplan program concentrates on practical changes that we can make now.
The program consists of 8 two hour sessions, covering the following areas:-
- MIND what you Eat – nutrition for brain heath (3 sessions)
- Optimise Gut health
- Stress Management
- Getting a Good Night’s Sleep
- Brain Training
Participants receive material presented on each topic explaining how the changes could benefit cognitive function as well as focused activities and discussions. There will be plenty of practical ideas and tools to help them make lasting changes to their lifestyle. It is hoped over the course of the programme the group of like minded participants will provide peer support and motivate each other.
Who is the program intended for?
Alzheimer’s is an increasing concern for many. Whilst a diagnosis related to cognitive decline is usually made after the age of 60, the underlying process that cause the decline can start 10,20 or even 30 years before. So reducing your risk might be something you want to think about in your 40’s or 50’s, particularly if you have noticed brain fog, poor memory or concentration or if there is a history of Alzheimer’s in your family.
If you are concerned about your risk of cognitive decline now or in the future, this programme is for you.
How can I find out more?
I will be doing a series of Introductory Talks to introduce this topic and outline the information included in the programme. If you are interested please check my events page for current dates, or contact me if you’d like to discuss your suitability for the programme. For details of the next dates costs, and signing up please click here.
(1) Office for National Statistics (2016) Deaths registered in England and Wales (Series DR): 2015
(2) Bredesen, D. E. (2014). Reversal of cognitive decline: A novel therapeutic program. Aging (Albany NY), 6(9), 707–717.