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Title:Dementia could start in your blood vessels - eat these foods to keep your mind sharp | Dr William Li

Learn how your body responds to food. Take our FREE quiz 👉 55 million people suffer dementia worldwide with numbers expected to double every 20 years. Understanding the link between our heart health and brain function is critical, illuminating the profound impact that heart health has on preventing dementia. Dr. William Li, an expert in cardiovascular and metabolic health. He reveals how caring for our heart is not just about longevity but maintaining sharp, effective brain function as we age. His groundbreaking work has impacted more than seventy diseases including diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. Dr. Li is also a New York Times best-selling author. In today’s episode, Dr. Li explains how simple lifestyle choices in diet, exercise and sleep can drastically shape our brain's health and stave off dementia. Follow ZOE on Instagram: Timecodes: 00:00 Introduction 01:15 Quickfire questions 03:59 Understanding dementia and Alzheimer's disease 05:24 Symptoms distinguishing dementia from ageing 07:10 The role of blood vessels in brain health 08:31 How circulation affects brain function 10:07 What causes blood clots and strokes? 11:18 What is the blood-brain barrier? 11:59 The importance of maintaining healthy blood vessels 13:18 The impact of lifestyle choices on brain health 16:20 What happens in our brains when we sleep? 20:51 What is the glymphatic system? 23:54 Vascular dementia may be the most common form of dementia 25:51 The role of glucose in brain function 28:25 What causes dementia and why does it happen when we get older? 30:13 Preventing dementia with lifestyle changes 32:33 What are healthy blood vessels like? 40:36 The surprising role of EPCs in brain repair 44:17 Can you slow down or reverse dementia? 50:09 Using food as medicine 52:08 The connection between gut health and brain health 54:30 The importance of exercise for brain health 59:26 How to avoid dementia 01:04:12 The link between mental health and cardiovascular disease 📚 Dr. William Li’s books: - Eat to Beat Disease: - Eat to Beat Your Diet: 📚 Books from our ZOE Scientists: - Every Body Should Know This by Dr Federica Amati: - Recipes for a Better Menopause by Dr Federica Amati: - Food For Life by Prof. Tim Spector: Relevant studies: A human brain vascular atlas reveals diverse mediators of Alzheimer’s risk, published in Nature Link: Heart-brain connections: Phenotypic and genetic insights from magnetic resonance images, published in Science Link: Cocoa flavanol consumption improves cognitive function, blood pressure control, and metabolic profile in elderly subjects: the Cocoa, Cognition, and Aging (CoCoA) Study—a randomized controlled trial, published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition Link: Have feedback or a topic you'd like us to cover? Let us know here: Episode transcripts are available here:


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