The idea that Alzheimer’s Disease should be called Type 3 diabetes has been around since 2005 but continues to pick up steam. We all know about Type 1 diabetes (your body does not produce any insulin) and Type 2 diabetes (your body produces too much insulin). In type 2 diabetes, which can be brought on by lifestyle issues, the body’s cells become insulin resistant. Insulin is a hormone that works to stimulate the cells to take up the sugar you eat. Eat too much sugar, and your cells get tired of hearing insulin tell them to keep taking on sugar, so they start to “resist” insulin. The theory is that Alzheimer’s Disease occurs when the brain becomes insulin resistant. What we do know:
· Alzheimer’s is associated with low levels of insulin the brain.
· People with diabetes are more likely to get Alzheimer’s than non-diabetics.
· Both conditions (diabetes and Alzheimer’s) are getting more and more common.
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