You may be unaware that there is a link between diabetes and Alzheimer's disease. The link is insulin.
Many are aware that insulin deficiencies are what characterize Type I diabetes where insulin resistance is the qualification for Type II diabetes.
New research shows that is those suffering from Alzheimer's disease (AD) demonstrate both deficiencies and resistance in insulin levels. Impairments in the insulin function may proceed or even coincide with the first phase of cognitive decline in AD (1).
This recent research has some scientists referring to AD as Type III diabetes - stating that it is a metabolic disease that results in cognitive decline (1).
More research is needed, however, there is good news with this connection.
Impairments in insulin function are treatable!
Just 30 minutes of aerobic exercise can improve ones insulin levels for 24 hours (2). Diet is also a factor. Diets high in sugars and saturated fat can be a risk factor for insulin resistance.
If AD is a metabolic disease, our lifestyle choices are even more important. Choose to eat well and be well by moving every day. Your brain health depends on it!
You can learn more from the video below.
1. De la Monte, S. M. (2014) Type 3 diabetes is sporadic Alzheimer's disease: Mini-review. European Neuropsychopharmacology. 24. 1954–1960
2. (2009, April 29) The Alzheimer's Project: The Connection between Insulin and Alzheimer's (HBO)