Causes Or Cures

What Indigenous Populations Can Teach Us About Preventing Dementia (including Alzheimer's Disease) with Dr. Margaret Gatz

April 12, 2022 Dr. Eeks/Dr. Gatz Episode 98
Causes Or Cures
What Indigenous Populations Can Teach Us About Preventing Dementia (including Alzheimer's Disease) with Dr. Margaret Gatz
Show Notes

Rates of dementia, including Alzheimer's Disease, are only increasing in developed nations as scientists race to find treatments and identify preventive strategies.
In this episode of Causes or Cures, Dr. Eeks chats with Dr. Margaret Gatz about her research published in the Journal of the Alzheimer's Association titled: Prevalence of dementia and mild cognitive impairment in indigenous Bolivian forager-horticulturalist.  In the podcast she will discuss these indigenous populations, including their lifestyle, diet and educational levels, how she conducted her research to assess their risks and rates of dementia, how their rates compare to the developed world, some intriguing findings, and what developed nations with growing rates of Alzheimer's disease can potentially learn from them in terms of risk factors for dementia and prevention.

Dr. Gatz is a professor of psychology, gerontology and preventive medicine at the University of Southern California's Lenoard Davis School of Gerontology. Studies in her Gatz lab include age-related changes in cognition, depression, personality and preventive factors for Alzheimer's Disease and other kinds of dementia. 


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