Sugar, diet and dementia. Do you notice a difference when you change diet?
I've been taking care of my 95-year old mother who has some dementia. Read some things about sugar and also gluten and dementia and we pretty much found out these are culprits in the diet which have made very difficult days dealing with my mom and has made her dementia worse.
Even natural maple syrup on pancakes (double trouble) caused issues. Even the smallest amount of sugar in a dessert - like a lefsa thing was an issue. So we totally cleared out the sugar, don't feed breads, - am pretty much doing an antifungal diet - which is anti-sugar also and found it is working out very well. Supplements include a quality Omega 3-s (DHA and EPA), and an EPA supplement as well have really made a difference. It took about 5 days to clear out the sugar damage.
Now we have had 3 days in a row where:
1) she wasn't begging to go home
2) remembered things from day to day
3) was kind and considerate
4) was not emotional and ill-fated in thinking
5) she could smile and laugh
6) she was "with it" and here and aware
7) she could make conversation
8) talk about present and past things
And the biggest thing of all - is that this has made my life sane and now when my mother is this way (more on the normal side) she is doable in care and loving and I don't feel feed up and frustrated and I don't feel like I'm hitting my head against a wall.
I see improvement in her health and brain and her stability. It is simply AMAZING.
So no chocolate, no candy, no dessert, no sweets, and no alcohol - wine or beer. Just good stuff and we eat organic also. It makes a difference.
Anyone with a positive experience like this or have noticed a difference with different foods?