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There is no magic bullet to cure Dementia: Dr. Eric Larson

Researchers tried to find a cure for people suffering from Dementia but failed and Dr. Eric Larson recommended a commonsense, healthful lifestyle that may help delay the disease.

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There is no magic bullet to cure Dementia: Dr. Eric Larson.
There is no magic bullet to cure Dementia: Dr. Eric Larson. VOA
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Dec 19, 2017: A new study has dashed hopes that people may be able to protect themselves from dementia through medicine, diet or exercise.

“To put it simply, all evidence indicates that there is no magic bullet,” Dr. Eric Larson wrote in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

The study outlined in the medical journal looked at four types of intervention to try to prevent dementia — prescription drugs, exercise, cognitive training, and nonprescription vitamins and supplements.

Researchers found none worked.

The Lancet, a British medical journal, ​reported earlier this year that about one-third of dementia cases could be linked to such conditions as cigarette smoking, high blood pressure, obesity, a lack of exercise and depression.

While Larson said there was no simple answer to the prevention of dementia, he highly recommended a commonsense, healthful lifestyle that may help delay the disease. It would involve exercising regularly, refraining from smoking, eating a healthful diet and taking part in activities that stimulate the brain. (VOA)

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Type 2 Diabetes May Flare Up Due To Ketogenic Diet :Study

"Diabetes is one of the biggest health issues we face. Although ketogenic diets are known to be healthy, findings indicate that there may be an increased risk of insulin resistance with this type of diet that may lead to Type-2 diabetes."

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The researchers assessed the intake of nutrients for four days. Flickr

Consuming a ketogenic diet — high in fat but low in protein and carbohydrates — may increase the risk of developing Type-2 diabetes while helping in weight loss, a new study has claimed, raising questions whether the diet is healthy.

The study conducted on mice showed that animals fed on ketogenic diets appear metabolically healthy in the fasted state after 3 days of dietary challenge, whereas obesogenic high-fat diet fed animals showed elevated insulin levels.

It is because in ketogenic diets, the process for controlling blood sugar levels did not work properly and there was insulin resistance in the liver.

Insulin is released in the blood and used to control blood sugar levels including signalling the liver to stop producing sugar.

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Ketogenic Diet increases risk of diabetes, while helping in weight loss. Flickr

If this system is impaired and the body does not use insulin properly, which is called insulin resistance, individuals are likely to develop high blood sugar levels, leading to an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes, the researchers explained.

“Diabetes is one of the biggest health issues we face. Although ketogenic diets are known to be healthy, our findings indicate that there may be an increased risk of insulin resistance with this type of diet that may lead to Type-2 diabetes, said Christian Wolfrum, Associate Professor at the ETH Zurich in Switzerland.

Also Read: Preventing Type 2 Diabetes With the Help of Weight Loss

For the study, published in the Journal of Physiology, the team involved two mice groups: one fed with a ketogenic diet and other a high fat diet.

The team was able to determine the effects of internal sugar production from the animal (mostly the liver), and sugar uptake into tissues (mostly the muscle), during insulin action.(IANS)

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