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Alzheimer’s disease is increasing at an alarming rate among the elderly population today. The statistics are staggering. According to the Alzheimer’s Association:

  • More than 5 million Americans are living with the Alzheimer’s disease.
  • 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia.
  • By 2050, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s disease may nearly triple.

The Alzheimer’s Association reports that 500,000 people a year die from Alzheimer’s disease. However, a recent study published in the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology states that the number is actually five to six times as many deaths as currently reported. That would put death by Alzheimer’s disease as the third leading cause of death in the U.S. based on medical stats, just after heart disease and cancer.

Research was published in 2012 at Rhode Island Hospital by Suzanne de la Monte, M.D. Dr. Monte found a link between brain insulin resistance and two other key mediators of neuronal injury that help Alzheimer’s Disease to progress, lending further evidence that Alzheimer’s is a type 3 diabetes and it can be controlled by lifestyle and diet.

The anecdotal evidence of the success in stopping, and even reversing, Alzheimer’s in some people using coconut oil. Many people with Alzheimer’s disease are already seeing a huge improvement, and in some cases a full reversal, of the disease after starting with coconut oil. If we look at Alzheimer’s disease as a “type 3″ diabetes and as an insulin resistance problem, coconut oil makes a lot of sense, as does a ketogenic high-fat diet. Coconut oil is known as a rich source of ketone energy, supplying an alternate form of energy to the brain.

How ItWorks!?
  • Coconut oil’s ketogenic properties has the fact that it is a highly saturated fat not prone to lipid peroxidation. The ketones found in coconut oil provide a fuel to the brain that is thought to be very beneficial to those suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s. These facts about coconut oil are not new, but their emphasis in helping people with these problems received national exposure in 2008 with the publishing of Dr. Mary Newport’s story.
  • If the brain is being starved of cholesterol, coconut oil might provide benefits by increasing HDL cholesterol levels. A study appearing in the American Journal of Cardiology in February 2011 showed that the higher men’s HDL cholesterol levels, the longer they lived and the more likely it was that they would reach the age of 85.

Our cells can use ketone bodies as an alternative fuel when glucose is not available. Brain cells especially neurons, are very limited than other cells in what kinds of fuel they can use to function and stay alive. Normally they require glucose (sugar), but they can also use ketone bodies.