It sounds like crazy talk. Could there really be ANY kind of plus side to having had cancer???
Well, my friend, get ready for the ultimate example of the old “silver lining.”
New research reveals how a battle with the disease – and, more importantly, surviving it – might have a HUGE upside.
It turns out being a cancer survivor may mean you have a powerful weapon against another disease many seniors fear even more than cancer… one considered by some to be a fate worse than death itself.
Your resilience in the face of cancer means you could also have the ULTIMATE PROTECTION against Alzheimer’s disease.
What cancer REALLY means for your body… and your risk
Of course, no one EVER wants to have cancer. That WOULD be crazy talk.
But the reality is four out of 10 Americans will develop the disease at some point in their lives. And as you get older, that percentage climbs even higher.
Fortunately, a cancer diagnosis isn’t the death sentence it used to be.
And the new study shows it might ALSO be a signal that your body can do something incredible… help you avoid brain damaging dementia!
Of course, it’s not actually the disease itself that has benefits. Cancer is NEVER good.
But the new study finds that the same conditions inside your body that allowed the disease to develop in the first place can also protect your brain from memory loss, cognitive decline, dementia, and Alzheimer’s.
Survivors hold on to their brain power FAR longer
The new study finds that overall, older folks who have had cancer do better on memory tests.
They do better before the disease showed up, and they do better in the years after.
While nearly every senior experiences some degree of cognitive decline with age, survivors suffer less of it. They decline at a rate 10.5 percent SLOWER!
There’s one exception, a brief dip during the actual fight (quite likely a side effect of treatment).
But even then, once the cancer battle is over, they STILL score higher on memory tests and decline at a much slower rate than folks who’ve never had the disease.
Researchers haven’t pinpointed a single reason for the link, but experts believe it could be related to an enzyme called PIN1.
The enzyme can play a role in the formation of cancer, but it may also block the damaged protein buildup that shows up in the brains of folks with dementia.
Obviously, you’re not going to go out looking for cancer. But if you’ve had the disease… or if you have it now… you might think it’s all going to get worse from here. So it’s nice to have a bit of GOOD news for a change.
And as the new study shows, you’re not JUST a cancer survivor, you’re also a BRAINIAC.