The root causes of Alzheimer's disease are still a scientific uncertainty, though there's no lack of suggestions and opinions circulating in the biomedical community. But here's one we hadn't yet heard that is gaining traction amid increasing evidence: Alzheimer's is primarily a metabolic disease much like diabetes. At its root, a poor diet can be the instigator of this degenerative neurological condition. The evidence is so stark that some scientists have even taken to referring to Alzheimer's as type 3 diabetes.
The latest cover of New Scientist (released September 1) carries a story that has pushed this theory into the popular consciousness, apparently, and the evidence indeed paints a dire picture: 35 million Alzheimer's sufferers worldwide, with that number expected to increase to 100 million by 2050 based on population aging. Tripling rates of type 2 diabetes in the U.S. alone, where it's no secret that our diets are less than perfectly healthy. And there are distinct relationships between incidences of Alzheimer's and either a lack of natural insulin in the body or an impairment of the brain's ability to respond to it.
First, a quick primer on diabetes. Without going into textbook detail, diabetes (type 2 , anyhow, which is the most common form) describes a condition in which the body experiences excessive blood glucose. This is cause by a deficiency in insulin (and hence why patients use insulin pumps or injections to remedy their blood sugar imbalances). Insulin is a hormone that is naturally produced in the body to signal the liver, muscles, and body fat to absorb glucose from the blood. Diabetes indicates either an impairment of the body's ability to produce insulin, or some kind of inability in glucose-absorbing organs and tissues to receive and act on those insulin signals.
There's a long-established link between Alzheimer's and type 2 diabetes as well as with obesity, but what's becoming increasingly obvious from study after study is that those who die of Alzheimer's are generally found to have low insulin levels in the brain. This has led researchers to conclude that insulin isn't just produced in the pancreas, but in the brain as well, and here it plays a vital role in neuron signaling as well as cell growth and lifespan.
This isn't hard fact or scientific principle just yet, but the evidence is mounting, further reinforcing something that we all know is intrinsically true: you really are what you eat. You'll need a free login to read the piece at New Scientist, but there's additional context over at the Guardian.
I have read much about diet\food and vitamin supplements, exercise that help diminishes the effects of type 1 and type 2 diabetes and yes many of those same things seem to help people who have Alzheimer’s. Of course, I am no doc but a simple robot. I pray and hope they find a cure soon!
Ugh... I'm doomed. :(
All Alzheimer's can be reversed in many people by using a specialized diabetes diet. This was proven in Scandinavia News. You may not have diabetes but Alzheimer's is related to blood sugar. Alzheimer's and diabetes has risen at the same exact level over the last 30 years. A specialized diabetes diet in Denmark was shown to improve memory in Dementia and Alzheimer's sufferers.
Just google SPIRIT HAPPY DIET
Lets say this is a diet thing (and most likely exercise too).
Then hoping for a cure sort of reminds me of the old joke.
"Patient comes into the doctor and says doctor my arm hurts when I move it like this. The doctor answers then don't move it like that!"
When you consider that for more years then you can count you have been told to eat right and exercise, but people choose to ignore that and do what is "easy".
So it is like you have been hitting your arm against the wall for years and now you want something to make the pain and damage to the arm to go away, and call that a "cure".
Well from what "healthreform" said it sounds like your cure for having a such a bad diet all your life, is to switch to one that you will dislike even more then the one you avoid all these years (a "proper" diet).
What goes around, comes around.
Just to clear up a few things, Type 2 diabetes (also called adult onset diabetes) is generally a condition related to low insulin production or distribution. It tends to occur later in life as bodies wear out. Yes, diet and exercise can help ward it off - at least for a time. Generally it is not treated with insulin until there is no choice. It's treated with various drugs that enhance the natural production and distribution. Insulin injections are not good for you.
I suspect that the increase in diagnosis is caused to some fair extent by the fact that they check for it more carefully these days. Also, we're living longer, so more things show up.
Type 1 diabetes (also called juvenile diabetes), from what I know requires insulin, and is one of those crappy things that happens to you. Type 1 diabetics HAVE to do a lot if diet management and take insulin.
Just a little clarification.
So what about the studies on aluminum toxicity being related to alzheimers? I know of a few chronic tums consumers that are vegetables now. Other sources are cookware, (minute doses) and anti-perspirants (substantial doses).
I wouldn't be surprised if this is true. The people promoting the Hallelujah Diet http://www.hacres.com/ (a mostly living plant based diet) claim poor diet is behind nearly every modern disease, especially those acquired later in life and not present at birth. They have stories of disappearing tumors, cancer, diabetes, you name it. From what I can tell it's a diet not only based on eating raw healthy foods, but just as importantly also avoiding unhealthy foods that are going to "clog things up" so to speak.
dkella wrote, "So what about the studies on aluminum toxicity being related to alzheimers?"
How many people use anti-perspirants that don't have Alzheimer? It may be that the poor diet allows or causes the aluminum toxicity to build up in an Alzheimer patient where as a normal person would flush it out or whatever.
Similar to the blood pulling calcium out of bones to neutralize pH, perhaps the brain pulls aluminum or whatever it can out of the blood in an effort to replace make up for lack of insulin (or whatever the root cause turns out to be).
Researchers and Dr Liu showed in Berlin that much of the memory loss from Alzheimer's and Demetia can be reversed depending on what stage the illness is in. In addition there is a connect with diet here http://malalzheimer.blogspot.com/2012/10/diet-for-dementia-only-one-shown-to.html