New research on the brain disease Alzheimer’s suggests that this form of dementia is a type of diabetes. The Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease published a recent study out of Rhode Island Hospital that confirms Alzheimer’s is marked by brain insulin resistance and corresponding inflammation, a condition that researchers are now referring to as Type-3 Diabetes.
Dr. Suzanne de la Monte from Rhode Island Hospital is responsible for making this important connection.
Her research suggests that Alzheimer’s disease results and progresses from the brain developing a resistance to insulin which then prevents proper fat metabolism in the brain. The fat builds up in the brain rather than being absorbed which causes high levels of inflammation. This explains why omega 3 fish oil has shown promise in slowing (and even reversing) Alzheimer’s since it acts as an anti-inflammatory.
According to Dr. de la Monte, “Restoring insulin responsiveness and insulin depletion will help, but we need to reduce brain stress and repair the metabolic problems that cause the brain to produce toxins.” Source: http://www.rhodeislandhospital.org/wtn/Page.asp?PageID=WTN000249
Ingesting more healthy fats like those found in fish oil, nuts and eggs could help reverse the inflammation problem that furthers dementia and Alzheimer’s. Lowering sugar and carbohydrate intake might also assist in prevention since the human body turns sugar into fat and also deals with sugar through insulin spikes and difficulties.