Alzheimer’s Disease- Is It Really A Form of Diabetes?

By on March 21, 2013

In recent years, researchers have proposed that the term ‘Alzheimer’s’ should be renamed ‘Type 3 diabetes’.  In essence, the term ‘Type 3’ is describing a diabetes of the brain. Type 3 is said to affect those who have already been diagnosed with Type 1 (Juvenile) or Type 2 (Diabetes mellitus). Dr Suzanne de la Monte carried out research with rats, interfering with the way their brains responded to insulin. The result being that dementia was observed in the rats.

The theory suggests that people with Type 2 diabetes, who have a known decreased insulin level or increased resistance to insulin in their body, can also develop Type 3 which is within the brain.

Whatever the reason for poor operation of the insulin receptors in the brain, the brain nerve cells can no longer function well. These nerve cells need to be able to interact with one another passing chemical messages along a chain. A breakdown in the chain can cause cognitive impairment possibly leading to dementia.

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Another study conducted by the University of Califonia revealed that rats consuming water laced with high-fructose corn syrup, who also ingested artificial sweeteners and processed foods, had learning and memory problems after just six weeks, and that their brain tissue became less responsive to insulin.

There does not seem to be any conclusive evidence to prove a link, but it is already known that diabetics have over 30% higher risk of developing Alzhemier’s than those without. So if we can avoid getting Type 2 diabetes in the first place, then at least we are hopefully reducing the possibility of dementia.

Type 2 diabetes is normally seen in older or obese adults, where the body becomes unable to balance its blood sugar levels due to inadequate levels of insulin being produced by the pancreas, or when the body’s cells no longer respond to insulin that is being produced.

imagesCAK4QLRUIt can be controlled and sometimes improved if we follow a healthy diet, including fresh fruit and vegetables and by getting our blood pressure, blood sugar levels and cholesterol checked regularly. Also, exercising and keeping fit is another way of reducing our risk of developing diabetes or perhaps dementia in later life.

These are all the kind of lifestyle improvements a live in carer can help you with. And if you already have diabetes, a live in Carer can help you keep on top of that too, by preparing healthy regular meals to encourage you to get up and move around to get that blood flowing.

Many of our Carers also have specific experience in helping patients with Alzheimer’s or dementia live full and independent lives in their own home.

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Otus live in Care introduce live in cares to clients to meet specific preferences and requirements. To find out more about how a Personal  live in carer can help you  retain your independence and remain in your own home, please visit our website at Call 01403 878043 or email [email protected] or use this link

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Alzheimer’s Disease- Is It Really A Form of Diabetes?