I just spotted a little article[i] about “four modifiable risk factors” that can potentially “…cut the growing global incidence of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and Parkinson’s disease (PD…” As I’ve written about before, both AD and PD are very personal to me: my Grandmother died of dementia and I currently have 3 friends diagnosed, in their 40s and 50s (which is insane), with PD. As you know, I particularly like research that suggests ideas for things you can do NOW.
Researchers at the University of British Columbia in Canada state that reducing neuroinflammation could prevent many cases of both illnesses. “Both AD and PD are characterized by disease-specific pathologic stimuli. This results in gliosis [activation of the brain’s immune system] and eventually leads to a chronic neuroinflammatory state.”
It’s always a chicken and egg issue, but both illnesses are also highly associated with alterations in the gut biome. Then again – so is obesity, and cardiovascular illnesses, and diabetes. Recently too, researchers at Harvard[ii] found that the bacterial microbiomes of elite athletes are different, and are commercializing a corresponding new probiotic. Physical activity clearly benefits the biome. So clearly, all this is clearly interrelated.