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Dementia Rates 'Higher Near Busy Roads'

A new study of several million Canadians shows that dementia rates are 7 percent higher among those living within 50 meters (164 feet) of a high-traffic road, as compared to 4 percent higher if they live 50 to 100 meters away from the traffic, Newsweek reports. At more than 200 meters, the risk was practically nonexistent.

This information adds to a growing body of evidence that your environment is a huge factor in your overall health. Vitamin D deficiency (lack of exposure to sunshine), air pollution and occupational pesticide exposure top the list of environmental dangers. Living near power lines also is suspect for raising your risk of dementia.

It’s also helpful to remember that dementia as well as Alzheimer’s share many risk factors with heart disease. This includes smoking, alcohol use, diabetes, high fasting blood sugar levels, insulin resistance and obesity, all of which can lead to arterial stiffness, which is associated with Alzheimer’s.

The good news is that lifestyle choices such as diet, exercise and sleep can have a significant impact on your risk. Reducing your net carbs and increasing healthy fat consumption are another important part of the equation, and my optimized nutrition plan can set you on the right path in that regard.

Another powerful tool to jumpstart your body into remembering how to burn fat and repair the insulin/leptin resistance that is a primary contributing factor for Alzheimer's is intermittent fasting, which can increase insulin and leptin sensitivity and reduce the risk of chronic disease, including diabetes, heart disease and even cancer.
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