Have you heard of Type 3 Diabetes? What you need to know about this!
I’m sure you’ve heard of Alzheimer’s Disease. What you may not know is that new research is thinking of it as Type 3 Diabetes!
Alzheimer’s Disease is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory. Both thinking and behavior are affected. It is the most common cause of dementia in older people and accounts for 60% to 80% of dementia cases1https://alz-journals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/alz.12068#:~:text=Alzheimer’s%20disease%20is%20the%20most%20common%20cause%20of%20dementia%2C%20accounting,%25%20to%2080%25%20of%20cases.
It generally starts slowly and gets worse over time. In time, it impairs the person’s ability to carry out everyday simple tasks. One early symptom is difficulty in remembering recently learned information (short-term memory).
As Alzheimer’s Disease progresses, symptoms worsen. Symptoms include difficulty with language, understanding written or spoken words, and controlling body movements.
Recognizing family members or friends becomes difficult. People with Alzheimer’s Disease live on average 4 to 8 years after diagnosis2https://alz-journals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/alz.12638..
Is Alzheimer’s Disease a type of diabetes?
There is an Alzheimer’s Disease gene called APOE43https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/mayo-clinic-minute-is-alzheimers-type-3-diabetes/#:~:text=A%20variant%20of%20the%20so,or%20signaling%20is%20not%20functioning. that stops the brain cells from successfully using insulin. This can starve the cells until they die.
People with Type 2 diabetes are at risk for Alzheimer’s Disease because we do not efficiently use insulin. Our chances of getting Alzheimer’s Disease are greater than the rest of the population4https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4265876/..
Medications can help
It seems that uncontrolled high blood sugar can lead to Alzheimer’s Disease.
Insulin resistance is the cause of high blood sugar. The brain can become insulin resistant too. Research showed that a combination of Metformin and curcumin5https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7246646/. was helpful. This combination slowed down the negative effects on the brain.
More research is being done.
The evidence that diabetes can impact your brain is undeniable.
What can you do?
The first step is to get your blood sugar under control. Make healthy changes to your diet and lifestyle. Talk to your doctor to see if the medication can help you now while you work on your health.
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