This condition could bring your brain to a halt

It's your worst fear: Those frustrating little brain burps aren't just "senior moments" anymore.

Your doc says you've now got something worse.

It's cognitive decline, often the first step on the path toward dementia and Alzheimer's disease... and he'll warn that there's NO treatment, NO cure, and NO way to stop it.

But don't panic, my friend.

I'm here to tell you that while he might be RIGHT about your diagnosis, he's WRONG about your options, as new research reveals one key to controlling this condition.

And it's something inside your blood right now.

It's insulin, the hormone cranked out by your pancreas to keep blood sugar in check.

In the right amounts, it's essential.

But most Americans don't have the right amounts. The carb-heavy diet of processed foods causes sugar to spike so often that your body starts to ignore that insulin.

You need more insulin to clear out the sugar, a condition known as insulin resistance.

It's often the first step down the road toward diabetes. But even if you don't get there... even if you DON'T have diabetes... that excess insulin rushing through your blood can wreck havoc in your brain.

As a result, the new study finds insulin resistance will boost your risk of cognitive decline, and that's not even the worst of the news here.

Once that decline sets in, insulin resistance will cause it to get worse much faster, according to the new study.

The study doesn't show the reason for the link, but research published a few years back found that the enzymes that normally clear proteins out of the brain end up getting used to remove excess insulin instead.

Those proteins build up, ultimately leading to the notorious "plaques and tangles" found in the brains of folks suffering from cognitive decline and dementia.

The answer here, of course, is obvious: Whether you have cognitive decline already or just want to make sure it never sets in, stick closely to a diet that'll keep blood sugar under control naturally so your insulin levels remain normal.

The best diet for that is the Mediterranean lifestyle.

I recommend modifying it to restrict or completely eliminate grains, including whole grains, which can also cause blood sugar to spike and lead to the release of insulin.

This diet is also naturally rich in brain-boosting nutrients, including essential omega-3 fatty acids -- so, it's no surprise that this healthy lifestyle can cut the risk of Alzheimer's disease in half.