Diabetes and Alzheimer’s; one of these diseases isn’t just like the other—scientists say it may actually BE the other.
This isn’t the first time we’ve connected high insulin levels and the debilitating form of dementia known as Alzheimer’s. We knew they were linked, but we just didn’t know how, exactly. But this is the first time research has connected diabetes and Alzheimer’s so closely that they’re believed to be different stages of the very same disease.
According to researchers at the University of Albany in New York, Alzheimer’s is actually an advanced stage of type-2 diabetes. And this finding would help explain why up to an estimated 75 percent of type-2 diabetics do eventually end up with an Alzheimer’s diagnosis.
The research team believes that the excess insulin produced by diabetics is finding its way into the brain. Once there, it is wreaking havoc, disrupting brain chemistry and knocking critical chemicals out of balance. Eventually those super-high insulin levels lead to the tangled up brain proteins we know as beta amyloid plaques.
And those plaques, of course, are the hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease.
Elevated insulin poisons your brain cells
This game-changing discovery was made when researchers gave a group of lab rats diabetes by feeding them a junk food diet. They then gave the clever little critters some memory tests. They found that as the rats diabetes became worse, so did their scores on the memory tests.
Later, when they took a look at the rat’s brains, they quickly spotted the problem. The rodent’s noodles were riddled with those amyloid plaques I mentioned earlier.
The scientists say those plaques are the direct result of a short-circuited enzyme building up in the brain, rather than breaking down the proteins as they would in a normal non-diabetic brain. And I’ll give you one guess what it is that causes those enzymes to start misfiring in the first place.
If you said insulin, then you’ve been paying attention.
Lead study researcher Ewan McNay told Medical Daily, “High levels of insulin swamp this enzyme so that it stops breaking down amyloid. The latter then accumulates until it forms toxic clumps that poison brain cells.”
He went on to confirm that it’s the very same amyloid build up to blame in both diseases, and that type-2 diabetics actually have low level Alzheimer’s. In other words, Alzheimer’s is essentially type-3 diabetes.
If you’ve been struggling with your own blood sugar problems, and this news scares you… well, good, it should.
Now don’t misunderstand me. This discovery doesn’t mean that you’re doomed to a future of dementia. But what it does mean is that it’s time to step-up your efforts to get those numbers under control.
And the good news is I can help you do just that with my simple-to-follow three step plan.
Avoiding Alzheimer’s may be as easy as 1, 2, 3
Let’s kick things off with step number one. To bring your own blood-sugar levels back under control, the best place to start is with the basics. Good nutrition is always the key to good health, and it’s no different with diabetes. If you haven’t already changed your diet, it’s time to get started.
But don’t worry, the changes aren’t going to be anywhere near as painful as you imagine. As I’ve explained before, a diet that’s high in healthy (and delicious!) fats, but low in added sugars and simple carbs is vital to maintaining a healthy weight and brain, as well as healthy cholesterol and blood sugar numbers.
That means more organic meats, fish, and fresh dairy. And while you’re at it, you can add in some tasty walnuts, cocoa, and berries. (Hmm, doesn’t sound much like denying yourself at all, does it?)
Now I know the anti-fat police have been trying to drum something different into your head for years now. But they’re just flat out wrong. And even the mainstream medicine lemmings are finally starting to see the light on this one. (Heck, even Dr. Oz caved in and finally admitted that eating lots of healthy fats and limiting carbs is the way to go.)
Step number two is to remove your rear from the seat and start moving. Now I’m not talking about a seven day a week gym habit (unless for some reason that’s your thing), I’m talking about finding something active that you love to do, and doing it more often.
Naturally, with my background as a diving coach, you’re likely to find me in the pool. But perhaps you prefer hanging out on the golf course, going on bike tours or gardening. Whatever your passion is, just do it—and MORE of it!
And step number three is to add some blood-sugar supporting nutrients to your routine. Chromium, biotin, cinnamon, vitamin D-3, magnesium, green coffee extract, curcumin, Gymnema sylvestre, and berberine are all great natural choices for supporting healthy blood sugar.
Work with a doctor skilled in natural medicine to figure out the right combination of supplements for you, and you can deal type-2 AND “type-3” diabetes the one two punch.