Watch Your Blood Sugar to Prevent Alzheimer's Disease

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Hello, I'm Dr. Oz. What does Ronald Reagan and Sugar Ray Robinson have in common? Both had Alzheimer's disease. Sugar Ray also had Type 2 diabetes, and President Lincoln was famous for stacking on sugary jelly beans all day long. Now research confirms elevated blood sugar levels, insulin resistance, and Type 2 diabetes lead to Alzheimer'. So protect yourself by giving diabetes and Alzheimer's a one, two punch.

Follow these four step plan. Maintain a healthy fighting weight with healthy food choices, lots of veges and fruits, 100% whole grains, and no added sugars. Get 30 plus minutes of exercise five days a week. If you're walking, strive for at least 10,000 steps a day. Swap unhealthy saturated and trans fats for healthy fats.

Replace full fat dairy products with low fat products, reduce stress with meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, fun, safe sex, and helping others. Why does this all work? Well, stress can kill brain cells, and lead to weight gain which can lead to inflammation, Type 2 Diabetes, and Alzheimer's.

I'm Dr. Oz. For more ways to stay healthy, check out all of our smart tips.