"We don’t need superfoods; instead we need to understand how sugar and salt interact to become toxic to our brain. And if you think that you’re not eating sugar and salt together, you’ll be surprised to find where it’s hidden in common foods," says Dr Helena Popovic.
This is one of the many topics discussed in her new book released on 1 June, Can Adventure Prevent Dementia? A guide to outwitting Alzheimer’s, where she shares not only the latest scientific research but her own personal experience of caring for her father with dementia.
Dementia is the leading cause of death in women in Australia and second cause of death in men.
Dr Helena Popovic, is an author and medical GP who became a leading authority on improving brain function when her father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
“We play an active role in how our brain develops throughout our life, and it’s never too late or too early – to boost our brain, avert Alzheimer’s and defy dementia. Brain changes leading to Alzheimer’s begin 30 years before we get any symptoms,” says Dr Helena Popovic.
Fascinating research has shown that subtle changes in the way a person drives can indicate they are at risk of developing Alzheimer’s up to 20 years before they start having memory problems. Dr Helena Popovic discusses how our driving can give us away and what we can do to mitigate our risk of Alzheimer’s.
In her new book, she also asks, why did my father develop Alzheimer’s disease? Does it mean I’ll also get the disease?
A landmark study presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) in 2019, demonstrated that a healthy lifestyle dramatically reduced the risk of developing Alzheimer’s even in people who had a higher genetic predisposition. This is especially good news if you have a close relative with Alzheimer’s.
Another report calculated there would be three million fewer people in the world with Alzheimer’s if seven risk factors were reduced by as little as 10% to 25%. The risk factors are smoking, type 2 diabetes, midlife high blood pressure, abdominal obesity, depression and lack of mental stimulation. These are all things that we can control.
“We might not yet have a cure but we certainly know how to slow down the disease. Ageing is inevitable – mental decline is not,” says Dr Helena Popovic.
Dr Helena Popovic is available for interview.
About Dr Helena Popovic - Dr Helena Popovic is a GP who became a leading authority on improving brain function when her father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. She is a best-selling author, international speaker and popular radio presenter. She is also unique in bringing the latest discoveries in brain science to body weight management. Helena is the author of two best-selling books: In Search of My Father — Dementia is no match for a daughter's determination and NeuroSlimming –- let your brain change your body. She was a Sydney TEDx Fast Ideas finalist, and her book NeuroSlimming won Bronze medal in the international Living Now Awards for its contribution to positive global change in the health and wellness category. Helena’s mission is to educate rather than to medicate, and she’s passionate about teaching people how to live longer, stronger, healthier and happier. She believes in slow ageing despite fast living.
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