Low prevalence of Alzheimer’s among Indians

This post comes to us curtsy of Stanford University’s Geriatrics department. It is about how the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease is low in India and some reasons why this may be. One of the possible reasons discussed is relating to diet, and particularly to their use of Curcumin – one of the main ingredients in the spice Turmeric, which is used in many curry dishes (a spice known for anti-inflammatory effects). If you want to read more on this, check out my post on Curry helping the brain repair itself (også på dansk her).


According to recent studies conducted in Indians, the prevalence of dementia is lower compared to that of developed nations. These studies show that prevalence of dementia varies in different region of the country:

in urban regions it varied from 18 per 1000(1.8%) (Vas et al, 2001) to 33.6 per 1000 (3.36%) (Shaji, 2005)

in rural areas it was found to be 1.36% to 3.5%. The predominant type of dementia prevalent is dementia of Alzheimer’s type, and the next being vascular dementia.

The prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease is very low in India, but the predilection to diabetes and coronary artery disease increases the risk of multi-infarct dementia.

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Research: Curry-spice can help the brain repair itself

A Danish friend sent me this article from Jyllands-Posten through Facebook. It is not new research (the article is from September, 2014), but I thought that there are probably many who have not heard about it yet. So, I wanted to post it here. Du kan også læse dette indlæg på dansk ved at klikke her.

After an injury as carer here in Denmark, I have had many back problems since 2007. I take turmeric and ginger for inflammation regularly, and find that it has helped me. An easy to start adding turmeric to your diet is sprinkle it on your eggs in the morning (you can use it generously, it has a very mild taste) or add it to soups and hot dishes you are making. Handling inflammation is not only good for the treatment of pain, but inflammation plays a major role in the development of chronic diseases and the development of dementia.

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