It has been said that the two most important defining features of humans are the opposable thumb and our unparalleled cognitive abilities. But, as it relates to the latter, our ability to maintain high level cognitive functionality, especially later in life, is clearly under threat. Recognizing that there are indeed operant factors involved in this process takes the narrative to a place of identifying and hopefully subduing these factors with the goal of preserving brain health. This perspective stands in stark contrast to the standard Western medical model that focuses more on targeting the manifestations of the various mechanisms that are involved in disrupting brain function while virtually ignoring the mechanisms themselves.
This presentation will explore these fundamental mechanisms. Beyond reviewing correlative data relating insulin resistance, obesity, hyperglycemia, sedentarity, and other parameters with neurodegeneration, the presentation will provide the latest research indicating specifically how these variables ultimately translate into functional decline.
Finally, implementation of strategies founded on this knowledge base will be presented.
- Participants will be able to discuss the financial, moral, and emotional advantages associated with preventive medicine as it relates to neurodegenerative conditions.
- Participants will be able to explain the current and projected global impact of senile dementia of the Alzheimer’s type.
- Participants will be able to explain how pervasive global changes in dietary trends impact brain health.
- Participants will be able to explain the profound and validated advantages of a ketogenic diet as it relates to brain health and functionality and how this has been supported in peer-reviewed literature.