TYPE 3 DIABETES
Alzheimer’s Disease is Type 3 Diabetes
Don’t take my word for it. Read these scientists article published in 2008. They concluded that the term “type 3 diabetes” accurately reflects the fact that Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) represents a form of diabetes that selectively involves the brain and has molecular and biochemical features that overlap with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Another article published in 2015 is supporting evidence. In this review, they discuss Metabolic Syndrome as a risk factor for AD, focusing on insulin resistance and the recent progress and future directions of insulin-based therapies.
Facts are that a staggering 80% of people with Alzheimer’s Disease have insulin resistance or full-blown type 2 diabetes.
This does not mean that diabetes causes Alzheimer’s Disease—dementia can strike even if you don’t have diabetes. It’s more accurate to think of it this way: Insulin resistance of the body is type 2 diabetes; insulin resistance of the brain is type 3 diabetes. They are two separate diseases caused by the same underlying problem: insulin resistance.
Do you have Insulin Resistance?
If you don’t know, you’re not alone. This is perhaps the single most important question any of us can ask about our physical and mental health. Simply stated, insulin resistance is a hormonal condition that sets the stage throughout the body for inflammation, disruption of normal cholesterol and fat metabolism, and gradually destroys our ability to process carbohydrates.
Insulin resistance puts us at high risk for many undesirable diseases, including obesity, heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes and now researchers understand it is also a powerful force in the development of Alzheimer’s Disease. For more information about this connection check out this article.
Your doctor can run blood tests and help you identify your risks for insulin resistance. Here is what you and he should be looking for:
- Fasting Insulin — Lower than 5 mU/L is good; higher than 12 mU/L makes insulin resistance very likely.
- Fasting Blood Glucose — Should be less than 85
- Fasting triglycerides (fat in the blood) — Ideally less than 100 mg/dl. Over 150 mg/dl makes insulin resistance very likely.
- HDL (“good cholesterol”) — Higher than 40 mg/dl in men is good, higher than 50 mg/dl in women is good.
- HsCRP (highly-sensitive C-reactive protein is an inflammation marker) — Lower than 1 mg/dl is good
- Uric Acid — Should be lower than 5 mg/dl in women and lower than 6 mg/dl in men
And for the geeks who like formula’s to calculate a numerical number the Insulin Resistance Formula is:
In (Fasting Blood Glucose x Fasting Triglycerides) / 2
In is the natural log of this number (Note: the natural log function (In) is found on a standard scientific calculator and most smartphone calculators include these functions in landscape view). Men with values over 8.82 and women with values over 8.73 are most likely to be insulin resistant and have double the chance of developing type 2 diabetes in the future.
Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease
Preventing AD is easier than you think. Science is shining a new light on root cause of memory problems. An article by Georgia Ede MD goes into more detail. I encourage anyone that is currently experiencing health issues to read this post and begin the process of educating oneself.
metabolic balance® is a personalized nutrition program designed to combat insulin resistance and reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome. It is a “common sense” way of eating whole foods with the perfect balance of carbs-fats-protein. The blood tests, the individualized food plan, and the coaching support guarantees success for anyone committed to making better choices and lifestyle changes.
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