Alzheimer’s. Diabetes. These are American epidemics that we’re still learning about. What causes them? What cures them? And what connects them?
Diabetes is a metabolic disorder wherein your pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin, or your body has become resistant to insulin. Type 2 diabetes means your body is either slightly insulin resistant or totally resistant. Insulin controls your blood sugar levels, and allows the sugars you consume (carbohydrates) to be used as energy. Insulin also plays a key role in brain health.
Insulin helps to transmit signals between the neurons in your brain. If your body is insulin resistant, your brain will be too, which means it won’t be regulating itself properly. Brain functions will start to slow, which is an early warning sign of the worst form of dementia: Alzheimer’s.
Growing research shows that Alzheimer’s may be a metabolic disease as well. New studies are suggesting a more profound result: Alzheimer’s may be caused by the brain’s impaired response to insulin. A 2005 report found that levels of both insulin and insulin-like growth factors in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients were lower than normal. The parts of the brain with the lowest levels of insulin detected were the parts of the brain most devastated by Alzheimer’s.
A report released in 2014 found that an insulin spray helped improve memory skills in people with Alzheimer’s. There is a clear connection between insulin levels and the on-set of Alzheimer’s. In fact, people who suffer from type 2 diabetes are 2-3 times more likely to contract this deadly form of dementia.
More research is needed, of course, but what can we safely assume?
1. High-sugar diets lead to more than just diabetes.
2. Type 2 diabetes comes from insulin resistance in your body.
3. Insulin resistance leads to more than just type 2 diabetes.
4. Alzheimer’s could be the next type of diabetes.
Type 3 Diabetes
Some scientists and health leaders have already begun calling Alzheimer’s “Type 3 Diabetes”. The results are in, and the facts stand up, but is it still too early for us to reclassify Alzheimer’s? A discerning mind knows to wait, but how long must we wait? And how long will our minds stay discerning, if we do intend to wait?
If you’re diabetic, or you eat a high-sugar, high-carb diet, the link between an unhealthy diet and Alzheimer’s in now abundantly clear. Until now, we didn’t know Alzheimer’s was preventable, and we can’t rightly say that it is. However, now that a connection has been made between insulin resistance and Alzheimer’s, it would be prudent to change your habits to prevent yourself from contracting type 2 diabetes, and maybe even type 3 diabetes.
What Really Needs To Change?
You can change your diet, you can change your lifestyle, but the one thing you can’t change is the ingredient list that conglomerates and companies are loading into their unhealthy, unnatural products. You can ensure your body gets everything it needs by following a healthy, holistic lifestyle; cooking with whole, organic foods; and always staying informed about what you’re putting into your body.
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