Studies have shown that eating sugary and fatty foods; think cheeseburger, fries and a super-size drink, can lead to Diabetes Type 2, but a new study, which validates several earlier ones, finds that Alzheimer’s may be caused by an insulin deficiency, also brought on by unhealthy eating. In fact, many are now calling Alzheimer’s Diabetes Type 3.
It all has to do with the way your body produces and uses insulin. Under normal conditions, insulin helps to keep the blood vessels healthy, gives us energy and feeds our brains by signaling our neurons to absorb glucose, which in turn allows the brain to transmit signals, including memory. We need insulin to properly function. But when we take in too much sugary and fatty foods, our system gets overwhelmed and the usual signals to absorb insulin stop.
Studies of brain tissue from patients who have died from Alzheimer’s note an absence, or significant reduction, of insulin and an increase build up of plaque. It is that build up that basically short-circuits the brain’s ability to function properly. Our memory slips away leaving us with only the lower functioning brain, which regulates such things as our heart beating and our lungs breathing.
Whether Alzheimer’s is actually a form of Diabetes, as a growing body of evidence suggests, it makes sense to avoid too much sugary and fatty foods, which have already been positively linked to a number of other ailments. Exercise also plays an important role in keeping our body, and brain, healthy.