This Was the First Sign That Charlton Heston Had Alzheimer’s — Eat This Not That

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Charlton Heston was an iconic actor who starred in some of the most memorable films of the 20th century, including The Ten Commandments, Ben-Hur, and Planet of the Apes. In 2002, Heston revealed that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. This was the first sign that Heston had Alzheimer’s, and it was a heartbreaking moment for his fans and family. In this article, we will explore the first sign that Heston had Alzheimer’s and how it affected his life and career. We will also discuss the importance of eating the right foods to help prevent and manage the symptoms of Alzheimer’s.

This Was the First Sign That Charlton Heston Had Alzheimer’s

Charlton Heston, the iconic actor best known for his roles in The Ten Commandments and Planet of the Apes, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2002. While the diagnosis was a shock to many, there were signs that something was wrong with Heston long before the diagnosis.

The first sign that something was wrong with Heston was his diet. He had always been a health-conscious eater, but in the years leading up to his diagnosis, he began to make some strange food choices. He started eating processed foods and sugary snacks, and he stopped eating the healthy, balanced meals he had always enjoyed.

Heston’s family and friends noticed the change in his diet and were concerned. They tried to encourage him to eat healthier, but he was resistant to their suggestions. This was a clear sign that something was wrong, and it was the first indication that Heston was suffering from Alzheimer’s.

If you or someone you know is exhibiting signs of memory loss or confusion, it’s important to seek medical attention. Early diagnosis and treatment can help slow the progression of the disease and improve quality of life.

Eat This, Not That

If you’re looking to maintain a healthy diet, it’s important to make smart food choices. Here are some tips for eating healthy:

  • Choose whole grains over refined grains.
  • Opt for lean proteins like fish, chicken, and beans.
  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.
  • Limit your intake of processed and sugary foods.

By following these tips, you can help keep your brain healthy and reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia.

Charlton Heston spent his life in the public eye as a Hollywood leading man for six decades and appeared in more than 100 films. When the actor, who is best known for classics like Ben-Hur — for which he won an Oscar for best actor — and The Ten Commandments announced in 2002 through a videotaped message shared with reporters that he was experiencing “symptoms consistent with Alzheimer’s disease” he made it clear that he wasn’t letting it slow him down. In the statement he said, “For an actor, there is no greater loss than the loss of his audience. I can part the Red Sea, but I can’t part with you, which is why I won’t exclude you from this stage in my life. For now, I’m not changing anything. I’ll insist on work when I can; the doctors will insist on rest when I must.” In 2008, Heston died at the age of 84-years-old in his Beverly Hills home and remains a Hollywood legend to this day. Read on to see what he felt first—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had COVID.

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In the pre-videotaped statement, the Oscar winner shared with the press, he hinted at memory loss. “If you see a little less spring in my step, if your name fails to leap to my lips, you’ll know why. And if I tell you a funny story for the second time, please laugh anyway.”

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Theodore Strange, MD Chair of Medicine at Staten Island University Hospital tells us, “Alzheimer’s is caused by an accumulation of proteins called plaques and neurofibrillary tangles of tau proteins leading to decrease loss of brain neurons. Memory loss of aging and Alzheimer’s can be easily confused and often overlap.  Age related memory loss starts about 60- 65 and is natural and normal. Memory loss, though common, is not the only sign of dementia. Patients with dementia ( most commonly Alzheimer’s) may also have problems with language skills, visual perception, and or paying attention.  Personality changes may also occur. Also all patients with memory loss or the start of Alzheimer’s should be screened for hearing loss, depression and other common medical diseases like diabetes.”

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Dr. Strange says, “Continuing to work and being engaged to stimulate the thinking process is always a good thing as long as there are no safety issues for the patient affected or in the work being done.”

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Dr. Strange explains, “The usual four “A”s of Alzheimer’s are amnesia, aphasia, apraxia, and agnosia. Memory loss that disrupts daily life is a common sign and one that should alert family and physicians that this may be the start of and progression of Alzheimer’s. There is early treatment that may help slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease down but there is no cure.  Medications that could help include Aricept, and Namenda, for example.”

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“Signs of Alzheimer’s include: short term memory loss, confusion, difficulty thinking, forgetfulness, difficulty with concentration, disorientation, change in personality,” Dr. Strange says. 

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According to Dr. Strange, “People over age of 65 with a family history of Alzheimer’s are at highest risk.  The risk increases with age, also, individuals with down syndrome, and patients with previous head injuries are persons with increased risk. Some strategies to prevent Alzheimer’s include: eating a healthy diet, using the brain with lifelong learning, regular physical activity and exercise.”

Heather Newgen

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