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Is there any relation with Alzheimer' and Celiac? I haven't seen anything on it yet. Thanks for any info. My sister's neighbor has it at age 55. :(

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Is there any relation with Alzheimer' and Celiac? I haven't seen anything on it yet. Thanks for any info. My sister's neighbor has it at age 55. :(

Here are a couple of studies:

Mayo Clinic Discovers Potential Link Between Celiac Disease And Cognitive Decline

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/...61010022602.htm

Alzheimer's and Celiac - are they related?

http://www.doctorgluten.com/cms/index.php/...ey-related.html

Many have severe memory and thought problems related to gluten. Whether these are Alzheimer's or whether they fall into another brain syndrome catagory is a question that may take a bit longer to answer and may depend on lots more research.

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I've read more about Alzheimer's being related to diabetes, a problem with the brain metabolizing glucose. The glucose levels get too high and cause all kinds of damage.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/4315609.stm

If it were a loved one of mine, I'd try to convince them to stop eating sugars and starches and keep the carbs down.

Unfortunately, my Dad went through this before I knew anything about it. *sigh*

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Wow, thanks guys! I am mailing off all the info I have to them today and I will include all these web sites and info too. They will appreciate it so much. The couple got married when she was 16 and now she's 55. He was a college professor and had to retire a few years early to take care of her, she was a nurse. I know that she was addicted to pop out of the can...so sorry for them. If you have any more info I will pass it along. Thanks again!

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If you google "type 3 diabetes alzheimer's" you should find lots of stuff. Or "Alzheimer's glucose".

Oh here's one for you! Very recent news:

Sugary Beverages May Increase Alzheimer's Risk

Also, Dr. McCleary (neurologist) has a lot about brain things including dementia. I suggest reading his blog.

http://www.drmccleary.com/default.aspx

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If you google "type 3 diabetes alzheimer's" you should find lots of stuff. Or "Alzheimer's glucose".

Oh here's one for you! Very recent news:

Sugary Beverages May Increase Alzheimer's Risk

Also, Dr. McCleary (neurologist) has a lot about brain things including dementia. I suggest reading his blog.

http://www.drmccleary.com/default.aspx

THANKS SO MUCH!!!

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Lots of links between Alzheimers and low B12 as well. Try to read "Could it be B12?" by Sally Pacholok. Blood tests don't often detect low B12 and sometimes Drs don't even test for low B12 at all ! Or know how to interpret the result. Low normal with symptoms is not normal....

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Lots of links between Alzheimers and low B12 as well. Try to read "Could it be B12?" by Sally Pacholok. Blood tests don't often detect low B12 and sometimes Drs don't even test for low B12 at all ! Or know how to interpret the result. Low normal with symptoms is not normal....

Amazing that a missing vitamin can play havoc in the body...Thanks for the info!

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And of course, celiacs with malabsorption problems have low B12, don't they?

And there's the link between celiac and diabetes, too.....

I'd be amazed if there were NO link between celiac and Alzheimers...

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And of course, celiacs with malabsorption problems have low B12, don't they?

And there's the link between celiac and diabetes, too.....

I'd be amazed if there were NO link between celiac and Alzheimers...

Vitamin B12 and folate in relation to the development of Alzheimer

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Lots of links between Alzheimers and low B12 as well. Try to read "Could it be B12?" by Sally Pacholok. Blood tests don't often detect low B12 and sometimes Drs don't even test for low B12 at all ! Or know how to interpret the result. Low normal with symptoms is not normal....

They also fail to ask if a person is taking supplements with folate when they do test. Folate can give a false normal reading to the B12 even if the person is not able to utilize the vitamin at all. It can take a long time for blood B12 levels to go down and some doctors when they do test don't bother to look at what the reading was a year ago. My B12 levels got to just a few points above the lowest number on the scale, like 2. I was still being told it was in the normal range even though my tests showed that it was dropping from the 500's to the 300's and finally ended up at about 200 before a doctor even suggested a supplement.

I wonder about those plaques they found also and whether they have any relation to the brain lesions that they find in some of us.

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