TYPE 3 DIABETES
Alzheimer’s Disease is Type 3 DiabetesDon’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?
- 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
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.