Dr. Mehmet Oz is host of the popular TV show “The Dr. Oz Show.” He is a professor in the Department of Surgery at Columbia University and directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program and New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

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Skip the Sweets for Stronger Memory

Monday, 25 Nov 2013 09:45 AM

Willie Nelson crooned the love tune "Sweet Memories." But the truth is that sweets and memories don't go together. For the 105 million North Americans who have too-high blood sugar levels, memories are more likely to be swept away than sweet. And, according to the journal Neurology, even for people who have normal blood sugar levels (70-100 mg/dL fasting), high-normal levels dampen verbal recall more than lower-normal levels do.

What does this mean for you? Your ability to learn and consolidate memories is affected by your diet, physical activity and stress-management choices. (Soon we expect a smartphone app and attachment that gives minute-to-minute blood sugar readings - you'll know which foods and activities are protecting or damaging your memory!)

So, to reduce your risk of memory problems, here's a simple plan that will have you singing "Thanks for the Memories"!

1. Guard against midsection belly fat, which is linked to dementia, by eliminating the Five Food Felons (added sugars and sugar syrups, any grain that isn't 100 percent whole, and saturated and trans fats).

2. Get up and moving - sitting down too many hours a day raises triglyceride levels, lowers good HDL cholesterol and triggers insulin insensitivity (a hallmark of Type 2 diabetes). Dr. Mike's treadmill desk is one smart solution; so is walking for 10 minutes after every 90 minutes of sitting. And start a daily walking routine, heading for 10,000 steps a day.

3. Reduce your stress with 10-20 minutes of meditation using progressive relaxation, mindfulness or breathing routines. Go to sharecare.com for more how-to information.

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