Max Lugavere isn't at an age where one usually starts worrying about Alzheimer's. But after watching his mother get diagnosed with dementia, he committed to lifestyle habits that may help ward off the neurological disorder in the future -- and he's hoping to convince other young people to do the same.
In a conversation with HuffPost Live on Tuesday, Lugavere -- who's currently working on a documentary about the topic at hand-- spoke about the importance of diet in this effort.
"I was very inspired by an insight a researcher from Brown University came to, when she saw striking similarities between the neurons of patients with Alzheimer's disease and the muscle cells of a type two diabetic," he explained. "The similarities were so striking she coined 'type three diabetes' to describe Alzheimer's disease."
Lugavere has devoted himself to taking care of himself as if he were treating diabetes.
"This has become my obsession," he said. "I think the lower I can keep my blood sugar and not challenge myself with insulin ... I think that is better for the health of my brain and every other organ. I try to maximize my sleep -- when you sleep, your brain is actually cleaning itself."
With treatment plans for Alzheimer's still varying extensively, according to Lugavere, acting young could make a world of difference.
"Knowing that there's no cure for Alzheimer's disease and that changes begin in the brain decades before the first symptom, I think we can really move the needle on this disease by acting now and making healthier choices today," he said.
For more about Lugavere's upcoming documentary, check out its Kickstarter page here and trailer below.
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