Multiple Myeloma an incurable disease, but I have spent the last 25 years in remission using a blend of conventional oncology and evidence-based nutrition, supplementation, and lifestyle therapies from peer-reviewed studies that your oncologist probably hasn't told you about.
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The key to managing multiple myeloma (MM), in my opinion anyway, is multiple myeloma prevention. Preventing a relapse of MM once you reach remission.
I’m a long-term multiple myeloma (MM) survivor who struggles with a host of long-term and late stage side effects such as chemotherapy-induced cognitive impairment aka chemobrain. After 20 plus years since my MM diagnosis it is no longer about the “new” normal, it’s about managing my side effects. So my lifestyle and what I eat are important.
It is clear from the studies linked and excerpted below that what we eat can effect our brain and heart health as well as our risk of cancer. When a cancer survivor has struggled with chemobrain since after his active chemo and radiation, any diet that is “brain healthy” looks good. Any patient with chemo-induced A-fib pays close attention to foods that are “heart-healthy.” So while the studies talked about below are about Alzheimer’s disease, cancer survivors like me pay close attention.
The best news? Words below like “moderate adherence.” My diet is pretty good but let’s face it, on occasion, I cheat.
My favorite excerpts from the articles/studies below:
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“The study compared the so-called MIND diet with the popular, heart-healthy Mediterranean diet and the DASH diet, which is intended to help control high blood pressure. The MIND diet borrows significantly from the other two, and all are largely plant-based and low in high-fat foods. But the MIND diet places particular emphasis on eating “brain-healthy” foods such as green leafy vegetables and berries, among other recommendations…
The study, conducted by researchers at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, found strict adherence to any of the three diets lessened the chances of getting Alzheimer’s. But only the MIND diet seemed to help counter the disease even when people followed only some of the diet’s recommendations..
For example, fruits, a common recommendation in heart-healthy diets, haven’t been shown to slow cognitive decline or prevent dementia, but berries, and especially blueberries, have, Dr. Morris said… Research also has shown that green leafy vegetables protect the brain more than other vegetables. The MIND diet includes one serving of greens in addition to eating one or more other vegetables a day. The MIND diet is heavy on nuts and beans, whole grains and olive oil and recommends a glass of wine a day, all of which also are recommended by one or both of the other diets…%
Significantly, even moderate adherence to the MIND diet helped lessen the risk for Alzheimer’s, by 35%. By comparison, moderate adherence to the Mediterranean or DASH diets didn’t affect the chances of getting the disease…
“The MIND diet may be a triple bonus. It reduces the risk for dementia, strokes and heart disease..” Dr. Doraiswamy, who wasn’t involved in the MIND diet study, said a randomized controlled study is needed to determine if the diet really reduces dementia risk, and whether combining it with lifestyle interventions like exercise and meditation could provide additional benefits.”
“CONCLUSION: High adherence to all three diets may reduce AD risk. Moderate adherence to the MIND diet may also decrease AD risk.”
“Background-Modifiable vascular and lifestyle-related risk factors have been associated with dementia risk in observational studies. In the Finnish Geriatric Intervention Study to Prevent Cognitive Impairment and Disability (FINGER), a proof-of-concept randomised controlled trial, we aimed to assess a multidomain approach to prevent cognitive decline in at-risk elderly people from the general population…
Interpretation-Findings from this large, long-term, randomised controlled trial suggest that a multidomain intervention could improve or maintain cognitive functioning in at-risk elderly people from the general population.“