Type 3 Diabetes: The Triad of Obesity, Diabetes, and Alzheimer's Disease
Ah, the memories...
Summer backyards from childhood filled with swimming pools and friends. The heat of the sun in August baking our skin brown while a portable radio plays the soundtrack to our lives...
Removing chewing gum to better collect that first kiss while our hearts race at an electric pace...
Our first car, some sleek muscle machine or an old junk. It didn’t matter, it was an awesome beast regardless of the complexion...
All those Christmas mornings, green and red and silver, and the manic tearing of wrapping paper to expose the secrets beneath...
Weddings and births, birthdays and special vacations...
Ah yes, all those grand memories.
But what if you reached into that special place where the library of recall lives and found it empty. Summers never happened and first kisses were for other people. What if the children born to you were strangers and all the joys of your life lay dead at the bottom of some abyss.
One out of every eight older Americans has Alzheimer’s Disease. It is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Estimated costs in 2012 to care for those afflicted with Alzheimer’s was two hundred billion dollars.
A suspicion that first surfaced around 2005 is now gaining even more momentum: Alzheimer’s Disease might be Type 3 diabetes. For all of you junk food addicts out there, know that unhealthy eating habits lead to obesity and obesity leads to diabetes. And now, an ever increasing body of evidence points toward Type 3 diabetes being Alzheimer’s disease.
Alzheimer’s Disease as Type 3 Diabetes
A 2005 report stated that insulin levels are lower in people who have Alzheimer’s. More recent studies have found that insulin helps improve memory in people who have mild or moderate Alzheimer’s as well as people who have pre-Alzheimer’s disease. The study results suggest that intranasal insulin may be beneficial for those who have the disease.
In addition, attention is being given to the benefits of a low glycemic diet that is minimal in processed foods, sugar, and those carbohydrates that elevate blood sugar.
The habitual consumption of junk food and sugary beverages, leads to cells in the body becoming overwhelmed and resistant. When brain cells become insulin-resistant, memory loss and disorientation can present. Even more concerning is the possibility that characteristics of your personality can be lost.
A low-glycemic diet will have a good deal of non-starchy vegetables like greens, asparagus, and broccoli, and some low-sugar fruit such as apples, berries, and peaches. Healthy grains such as wild rice and quinoa, and starchy tubers like sweet potatoes should be eaten in moderation. White potatoes and refined grain products should be eliminated, as well as concentrated sweets. Healthy proteins should be had such as eggs, fish, and chicken. Healthy fats such as olive oil, nuts, and avocados also are recommended.
If you are interested in learning more, please read my sharepost, "Studies Prove Obesity Doubles, Quadruples Dementia Risk."
Living life well-fed,
2012 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures - http://www.alz.org/downloads/facts_figures_2012.pdf
HelpGuide.org - http://www.helpguide.org/life/healthy_diet_diabetes.htm
Medical Daily - http://www.medicaldaily.com/articles/12494/20121003/alzheimers-disease-soon-classified-type-3-diabetes.htm
The Boston Globe - http://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/health-wellness/2012/10/07/alzheimer-disease-akin-type-diabetes/4KxSHuPOmpYEBXMtEsO6sJ/story.html
The New York Times - http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/25/bittman-is-alzheimers-type-3-diabetes/