So last week the American Academy of Neurology had their annual conference here in Chicago. There have been tons of articles since then so here is one more – I picked this one because :
A. I have the power to increase my intake of Vitamin E
B. I have no way to change the size of my brain
So at least I feel more in control then when they tell me I need to eat fish (yuck!)
April 15, 2008
BY MONIFA THOMAS Health Reporter
The size of a certain part of your brain might protect you from memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s disease. And regular high doses of Vitamin E appear to help people with Alzheimer’s live longer and slow the progression of the disease.
Those are the key findings of two new studies presented in Chicago Tuesday at the American Academy of Neurology’s annual conference.
Autopsies have shown that some people die with perfect memories and sharp minds, even though their brain cells are riddled with abnormal lumps of protein that are the hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease.
To figure out why, researchers compared the brains of 23 people with Alzheimer’s disease to those of 12 people who had the same amount of protein plaques in their brains but did not develop dementia.
The only noticeable difference was in the hippocampus – the part of the brain that controls the formation of new memories. It was 20 percent larger in the non-impaired group, said Dr. Deniz Erten-Lyons, the study’s lead author.
"This larger hippocampus may protect these people from the effects of Alzheimer’s disease-related brain changes," said Erten-Lyons, an assistant professor of neurology at Oregon Health and Science University.
In other research, Vitamin E was shown to increase the survival time of people with Alzheimer’s. The study is the latest to suggest that a diet rich in Vitamin E – an antioxidant found in vegetable oils, nuts and leafy, green vegetables – can slow the disease’s progress.
Scientists tracked 847 people with Alzheimer’s for an average of five years. They found that people who took high doses of Vitamin E twice a day – doses much higher than what’s recommended for the general population – were 26 percent less likely to die than those who didn’t take Vitamin E, according to lead researcher Valory Pavlik of Baylor College of Medicine’s Alzheimer’s disease center.