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Gluten diet linked to Alzheimer’s risk

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Gluten Free Diet and Alzheimer's Disease

A study that found a connection between high glucose levels and the risk of dementia is back in the news. Dr. David Perlmutter believes that the information in this study and others points to a problem with most people’s diets. People with celiac disease are also affected despite the conscious elimination of gluten from their food.


Dr. David Perlmutter believes that dementia and Alzheimer’s can be prevented through changes in diet. In a recent interview with KING5 news, he explains that research has been pointing to the consumption of grains and “Grain Brain” as key elements. He points out that eating grains raises glucose levels and even small variations can have an impact on the risk of getting dementia or Alzheimer’s.

A study from the New England Journal of Medicine reveals that blood sugar changes are more dangerous than previously believed. Based on the researchers’ results, people who do not have diabetes are still at risk of developing conditions such as dementia or Alzheimer’s if their glucose levels are high. Dr. Perlmutter thinks that eating grains puts everyone at risk of fluctuating glucose levels.

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Dr. Perlmutter mentions that in the past people consumed a gluten-free diet that limited carbohydrates and focused on other sources of nutrition. He believes that modern society needs to return to a low-carbohydrate diet that is gluten-free to stop Alzheimer’s and dementia from becoming common disorders. Instead of adding grains to a meal, he recommends meat, fish, vegetables and dairy.

Most people with celiac disease are already on a diet without gluten, so the doctor’s advice is easier to follow. However, gluten-free products such as bread, pastries, pasta and others will have to be cut down to meet his standards. The low-carbohydrate diet is still controversial, and some nutritionists do not agree with it. It is important to consult a doctor to discuss your health before you make any changes to your meals.

Read more about celiac disease:
Gluten-free food alert for people with peanut allergies: Celiac disease warning
Celiac disease apps help create gluten-free meal plans

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