Ever heard that Alzheimer’s Disease is now coined as ‘Type III Diabetes?’ Dr. Bredesen identifies Alzheimer’s Disease with 6 different sub types – one of them being ‘glycotoxic,’ or sugar toxicity.
There is evidence supporting the association between Diabetes and AD.
► Those who are diabetic exhibit deficits in cognition which also occurs in AD.
► Having high levels of insulin, or hyperinsulinemia, is associated with memory decline. This is a hallmark of diabetes, and is found to be a risk of AD.
► Β-amyloid plaques build up in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease are shown to prevent insulin receptors in the brain from doing their job by blocking them. This can impact insulin utilization and cause brain cells to become insensitive to insulin.
Part of what I look for is ensuring that my patients are not insulin resistant. There is recent research suggesting that the brain cells in those with Alzheimer’s are resistant to insulin. Insulin resistance can also promote neuro-inflammation. One powerful way to improve insulin sensitivity, is by fasting. Refer to the prior post on Intermittent Fasting, and ensure it is done with a physician! It’s not about the blood sugar reading either. We work with dietary and nutritional counseling, proper supplementation, and lifestyle to optimize blood sugar and insulin levels.
Even so, there may also be diabetics that may not develop Alzheimer’s Disease. Thus, having Type II Diabetes is a risk factor for developing Alzheimer’s Disease.
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Dr. Romi Fung, ND holds a general Naturopathic practice, with clinical interests in treating cognitive decline and dementia. He is accepting patients, and sees various conditions including IBS and digestive complaints, hormones and thyroid conditions, cardiovascular disease, and anxiety and depression.