Evidence shows that Sleep Health and Heart Health are good predictors of dementia

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Dementia is a multifaceted disease that's seemingly connected to all the major systems of the human body. I'd like you to know diet and the quality of sleep are also linked to optimal brain health.

So, imagine the surprise when people find out that too much daytime sleeping can actually be a predictor of Alzheimer's dementia.

In the News: Daytime sleeping may not be normal

Alzheimer’s Association

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Who’s this for:

  • for anybody worried about dementia.
  • for anybody worried about Alzheimer’s.
  • for anybody interested in better brain health.

What are some points I should focus on?

Even though daytime napping is perceived as somewhat common among older adults, a new study indicates that:

Longer and more frequent daytime naps were associated with higher risk of Alzheimer’s dementia. Interestingly, more excessive (longer or more frequent) daytime napping was correlated with worse cognition a year later, and conversely, worse cognition was correlated with more excessive naps a year later.
Peng Li, et al.

In plain English: if you’re an older adult, too much sleeping during the day can be an indicator of a higher risk for Alzheimer’s dementia.

Doctor's Opinion

What should I do next?

First: understand that napping during the day is NOT ALWAYS a bad thing. The issue you’re going to keep in mind is: how much and for how long?

Second: you’ll need to rule out sleeping disorders such as sleep apnea, insomnia, and restless leg syndrome. These conditions can really impact your quality of sleep, and could be the reason behind your daytime naps!

Third: Take a sleep quality test to see/assess your sleep apnea risk. Share the results with your doctor.

Taking a leap from healthy sleep to a healthy heart.

Did you know that strong heart health is a proven way to delay or prevent dementia? Dr. Puja Uppal

Eating Two Servings of Avocados a Week Linked to Lower Risk of Cardiovascular Disease.

The study appeared in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

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Who’s this for:

  • for anybody interested in delaying dementia.
  • for anybody interested in plant-based diets.
  • for anybody interested in better heart health.

What are some points I should focus on?

Dr. Lorena S. Pacheco stated: “Higher avocado intake was associated with lower risk of CVD and coronary heart disease.”

The study found that:

"replacing half a serving/day of margarine, butter, egg, yogurt, cheese, or processed meats with the equivalent amount of avocado was associated with a 16% to 22% lower risk of CVD.” Dr. Pacheco, et al.

In plain English: a sensible amount of avocado in your diet can help with better heart health.

Doctor’s Opinion

What should I do next?

This study is not your free pass to eat all the avocados you want! You still want to limit the amount you eat to about 2 servings per week.

The next step: take this free heart health risk estimator test. It’s from the American College of Cardiology. Take the test and share the results with your doctor.

The big picture: it's important for optimal brain and mental health to keep an eye on your diet and sleep health.

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