Alzheimer’s Risk, Diet, Brain Health & More: Our Most-Read Articles of 2022

By The Editors | December 27th, 2022

Year in review: Here are Being Patient's most-read articles of the year.

As part of our mission to bring you trustworthy information that’s easy to understand, our editorial team hosts weekly LiveTalks with experts, advocates and people living with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Check out our upcoming LiveTalks, and find 2021’s  most popular LiveTalks here.

This year, our readers wanted to know more about:

Warning signs of early dementia

3 Dementia Warning Signs That Appear Years Early

It may be possible to spot a telling combination of three specific dementia warning signs up to 9 years before a dementia diagnosis, according to new research. Read the article.

How Can You Tell the Difference Between Dementia and ‘Normal’ Aging?

Why to stop calling them “senior moments” — and how to tell the difference between these typical aging-related memory lapses and dementia. Read the article.

Get to Know the Biggest Risk Factors for Dementia

Research shows two of every five cases of Alzheimer’s and related dementias are preventable. According to credible, peer-reviewed scientific studies, here are the 8 biggest risk factors for dementia. Read the article.

Want to learn more about how to tell the difference between these typical aging-related memory lapses and dementia? Check out the 2022 reader favorites above.

Diets for better brain health and reduced dementia risk

Settling the Diet Soda and Dementia Debate — For Now

Does diet soda have a dementia link? Despite the occasional media frenzy over whether Diet Coke causes Alzheimer’s, here’s what the existing, credible, published research actually says. Read the article.

What’s the Deal With Blood Pressure, Cholesterol and Alzheimer’s Risk?

Here’s how blood pressure and cholesterol levels can influence your brain health. Read the article.

Study: Certain Diets Are Linked With Brain Shrinkage

A new study finds a possible link between foods with inflammatory properties and smaller brain volume — a marker for brain aging. Read the article.

What the Science Actually Says About Berries and Dementia Prevention

Simple snack or ‘superfood’? Here’s what credible, peer-reviewed scientific studies actually show about the link between berries and brain health or dementia prevention. Read the article.

Does Diet Coke cause Alzheimer's dementia?
This year, Being Patient readers wanted to know what foods — and beverages — increase one’s chances of developing dementia — and what foods and drinks can help lower them.

Questions about Alzheimer’s drugs and supplements

Myth-Busting: Do Statins Cause Dementia?

We looked at all the credible, peer-reviewed studies out there, talked to experts, and got to the bottom of the question about whether or not statins cause dementia. Read the article.

Are There Any Natural Supplements That Are Safe and Effective for Alzheimer’s Disease?

While there is a lack of evidence supporting the use of natural supplements for Alzheimer’s disease, experts share best practices for those who are still keen on trying them. Read the article.

Dopamine Bean: Do Dopa Mucuna Supplements Work?

A trendy dietary supplement called dopa mucuna appears to contain dangerously high levels of a dopamine-boosting drug called levodopa. Researchers warn of unintended side effects. Read the article.

probiotics brain health, microbiome
From probiotics to statins, this year, Being Patient readers dove into our coverage of Alzheimer’s prevention and treatments.

Other 2022 reader favorites

8 Good Activities for People Living With Alzheimer’s and Dementia

It isn’t always obvious how best to entertain a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Activities like chores, gardening, and reminiscing about the past can help keep people busy — and be a mood booster, too. Read the article.

Her brain had all the signs of Alzheimer’s. She never got it. What can she teach us?

Scientists examine the curious case of a woman with genes for early-onset Alzheimer’s who never developed the disease. In an autopsied brain, they found a mutation in the APOE3 gene that could be the key to preventing early-onset forms of the disease. Read the article.

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