The National Review of Medicine states that Alzheimer’s disease can be classified as Type 3 diabetes.
What causes diabetes?
Diabetes is the result of insulin imbalance. Insulin’s primary role is to signal cells to take glucose from the blood and metabolize it to make energy. In the brain, insulin also makes chemicals known as neurotransmitters which are essential for neurons to communicate with one another.
Over consumption of processed foods and a high fructose diet can cause brain cells to become insulin resistant making glucose and insulin levels to rise above normal. “When insulin goes above normal, the brain produces an enzyme called insulin-degrading-enzyme (IDE) to control insulin and remove excess glucose. Problem is, IDE is the one that also rids the brain of toxic beta amyloid protein. When insulin and blood glucose levels rise out of control, the enzyme works overtime to remove the insulin instead of removing the formation of beta amyloid plaque, the pathology of Alzheimer’s disease” writes Dr. Vincent Fortanasce, neurologist and author of “The Anti-Alzheimer’s Prescription.”
Most recent research has focused on diabetes prevention in young people, but researchers say the results suggest that even modest healthy lifestyle changes later in life can make a big difference in reducing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
How can type 2 diabetes be controlled?
The following lifestyle modifications can have significant impact in lower youre risk:
- Adding exercise and stress management techniques as part of your daily routine
- Limiting alcohol use
- Eliminating simple carbohydrates and limiting complex carbohydrates to no more that 30 percent of your daily diet
- Increasing fiber rich foods, especially oatmeal
- Integrating a low glycemic index diet
- Limiting the intake of high fructose juices and sodas
- Taking antioxidant alpha-lipoic acid to increase insulin sensitivity, neutralize free radicals and reduce cellular damage
If the above measures do not help, seek medical advice.