The Alzheimer’s-Diabetes connection — and how to treat both

April 24, 2012
Volume 09    |   Issue 17

Few diagnoses spark fear in us as much as Alzheimer’s disease does. Nobody wants to lose their mind and their memories. Unfortunately, as we saw last week, conventional medicine doesn’t have much to offer. Most Alzheimer’s drugs don’t work, and those that do only slow the progression. One reason the drugs don’t work well is because they treat the wrong problem.

Researchers are discovering that Alzheimer’s disease isn’t just a brain disease. It’s a natural progression of insulin resistance, which affects your whole body. As I’ve told you in the past, insulin resistance is pre-diabetes. It will eventually progress to full-blown diabetes. That makes Alzheimer’s disease a third type of diabetes.

Researchers have known for some time that diabetes increases your risk for Alzheimer’s. But two new studies in the Journal of Clinical Investigation showed how insulin resistance is one of the first signs of Alzheimer’s disease.

In the first study, a team of researchers from the University of Pennsylvania examined insulin signaling in brains of deceased patients. They found that the brains of Alzheimer’s patients had highly activated insulin signaling molecules compared to non-Alzheimer’s patients.

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In the second study, researchers from the University of Rio de Janeiro looked at the brain tissue of rodents, primates, and humans. They observed impaired insulin signaling in those with Alzheimer’s. They also showed that treatment with a new anti-diabetic drug normalized insulin signaling. More remarkably, the drug also improved cognitive function.

The second study explains why Alzheimer’s drugs don’t work — they’re treating the wrong disease. If you treat diabetes, you might be able to cure Alzheimer’s. At least you should be able to stop the progression.

But you don’t need an anti-diabetes drug either — or their side effects. You can treat insulin resistance and diabetes simply by controlling your blood sugar with a good diet. That means low-fat, low carbohydrate, low sugar, and no processed foods.

I wouldn’t stop there, though. I suggest taking supplements like Metabolic Defense that can help you control your blood sugar. And make sure you get plenty of exercise.

You can fight Alzheimer’s effectively. In some cases, you can even cure it. But you’re not going to do it safely with pharmaceuticals.

Your voice of reason in Women's Health,

Sources:

Journal of Clinical Investigation. "Alzheimer's Disease And Diabetes Linked By New Evidence." Medical News Today. MediLexicon, Intl., 21 Mar. 2012. Web. 22 Mar. 2012. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/243147.php.

Journal of Clinical Investigation. (2012, March 21). "Alzheimer's Disease And Diabetes Linked By New Evidence." Medical News Today. Retrieved from http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/243147.php.

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