The Ultimate Alzheimer’s Diet Plan

The foods you eat and when you eat them can help reduce your risk for cognitive disease.

The Ultimate Alzheimer’s Diet Plan

New research suggests that a healthy and strategic diet can be a powerful tool when it comes to protecting your brain and preventing diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia. Dr. Richard Isaacson, the director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic at Weill Cornell Medical Center and brain health researchers Max Lugavere share highlights from recent studies that illustrate potential benefits, even for individuals who have genetic risk factors for cognitive decline.

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When to Eat

When to Eat

Making diet and lifestyle changes can help reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, even if you carry the risk genes for the disease. Dr. Isaacson recommends intermittent fasting, which not only helps with weight loss but also gives your brain the opportunity to rest. The general recommendation is to eat no more than 2,100 calories per day but consult with a registered dietitian or your doctor before changing your diet. Intermittent fasting, especially fasting between dinner and breakfast, may reduce your risk for Alzheimer’s by up to 50 percent.

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Here's Dr. Oz's Mom's Regimen for Fighting Her Alzheimer's

Here are the tools she uses to help manage the progression of the disease.

Personal photos courtesy of Dr.Oz

When Dr. Oz found out in September 2019 that his mom, Suna, then 81, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, he was gutted. He wondered how he missed the signs and what he could do next. Like so many caregivers, he had to recognize that his mom was not going to get better. But he also knew that he wasn't alone: There is an Alzheimer's diagnosis every 65 seconds.

Dr. Oz immediately contacted his friends and colleagues and crafted a treatment plan with two of the country's top experts in the field: Richard S. Isaacson, MD, a neurologist at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and the founder of the Alzheimer's Prevention Clinic, and Dr. Rudy Tanzi, a professor of neurology at Harvard and the founder of the "Alzheimer's Genome Project," who co-discovered the first Alzheimer's gene.

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