In the world of simple math, 1 + 2 = 3. But, in the complex world of disease, specifically the world of diabetes, 1 + 2 does not necessarily equal 3.
However, research is providing empirical proof that there is a direct correlation between insulin resistance in your brain to Alzheimer’s disease. And, although Type 3 diabetes is not the cause of Alzheimer’s, it is proving to be a new route for treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s.
It is important to understand that diabetes does not cause Alzheimer’s. However, they have the same root: an over consumption of foods that mess with insulin’s many roles. Sugar is obvious. Nitrate runs under the radar but is absolutely one of the culprits currently under heavy study, as well as consuming excessive carbohydrates.
Typically, when we think of diabetes, we think of Type 1 and Type 2:
-Type 1: Your body doesn’t produce enough insulin. Your immune system destroys insulin-producing cells in the pancreas.
-Type 2: Your body develops a resistance to insulin driving your blood sugar level to a very high and dangerous level. It can be genetic or environmental such as over-consuming highly processed foods.
What is insulin’s role in your body?
Insulin keeps your blood vessels that supply the brain healthy. Lower insulin levels in the brain mean reduced brain function.
Insulin “calls” to your cells asking them to take glucose from your bloodstream. When the insulin calls too often – as it does when you drink a soda, eat pizza and fries, chocolate and cupcakes with piled high frosting, the cells become overwhelmed and say, “leave me alone.”
In other words, these cells become resistant. And when the cells in your brain become insulin resistant, you start to lose memory and become disoriented, even losing aspects of your personality. It appears you develop, Alzheimer’s.
And blood sugar doesn’t come from only eating sugar. Remember that carbohydrates of any kind will flood your bloodstream with sugar.
What is Type 3 diabetes?
Although doctors are not ready to pronounce Type 3 diabetes as the cause of Alzheimer’s, research is providing persuasive data that Type 3 diabetes is indeed one of the main causes of Alzheimer’s disease. It is a result of neurons in your brain being unable to react to insulin.
A key finding by a Mayo Clinic neuroscientist, Guojun Bu, Pd.D is the Alzheimer’s gene known as APOE4. The significance here is that APOE4 is present in almost fifty percent of Alzheimer’s cases. And, it is the gene most responsible for the disruption of how the brain processes insulin.
Prevention and Management:
A major and indisputable agent in the prevention of Type 2 diabetes is your nutritional lifestyle and your fitness lifestyle, in many cases. And, if your Type 2 diabetes is one that is treatable with nutrition, there is a good possibility that you’ll be able to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s as well.
Your nutritional and fitness lifestyle both contribute greatly to prevention, as well as management in living your best life with these diseases. Here are some guidelines:
-Exercise four times per week, 30 minutes per day
-Maintain a healthy weight
-Eat healthy foods
-Cut out highly processed foods
-Cut the carbs
-Monitor your blood sugar
-Monitor your cholesterol levels
The idea of Type 3 diabetes being linked to Alzheimer’s is not a new idea. Its origins can be traced back to 2005. However, now, in 2018, as new information and results are being formulated from hypotheses leading to tangible studies, and also in combination with the nutritional interest that many people now associate a healthy lifestyle to, the interest in, as well as the findings to, have taken a most prevalent role in media today.
This is a good thing! In many cases, you will be able to benefit your defenses against Type 2 & 3 diabetes and Alzheimer’s by being proactive with your nutritional and fitness lifestyle.
The key to understanding healthy living through a constant and balanced nutrition and fitness lifestyle is key to good health with Optimal Fitness & Nutrition.
As a committed nutritional and fitness professional, when new information becomes available on this topic, I will update you so that you are able to balance your life choices with your life’s health and well being.