Who’d have thought it? But on reflection it’s no surprise. Two of the biggest community health worries are connected. Insulin resistance. And Alzheimer’s.
Here are a few quotes from a must-read article by Dr. Georgia Ede, published in Psychology Today. The link to read it all is below – and I recommend that you do!
INSULIN RESISTANCE EPIDEMIC
- “Here in the U.S., insulin resistance has reached epidemic proportions: more than half of us are now insulin resistant. Insulin resistance is a hormonal condition that sets the stage throughout the body for inflammation and overgrowth, disrupts normal cholesterol and fat metabolism, and gradually destroys our ability to process carbohydrates.
THE ALZHEIMER’S CONNECTION
- “Insulin resistance puts us at high risk for many undesirable diseases, including obesity, heart disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes. Scarier still, researchers now understand that insulin resistance is the driving force behind most cases of garden-variety Alzheimer’s Disease.”
TYPE 3 DIABETES
- “If blood sugar [which spikes when we eat certain foods] and insulin spike too high too often, cells will try to protect themselves from overexposure to insulin’s powerful effects by toning down their response to insulin—they become “insulin resistant.” … A staggering 80% of people with Alzheimer’s Disease have insulin resistance or full-blown type 2 diabetes. The connection between insulin resistance and Alzheimer’s Disease is now so firmly established that scientists have started referring to Alzheimer’s Disease as “Type 3 Diabetes.” … Insulin resistance of the body is type 2 diabetes; insulin resistance of the brain is type 3 diabetes. They are two separate diseases caused by the same underlying problem: insulin resistance.”
- “The bad news is that insulin resistance has become so common that chances are you already have it to some degree. The good news is that insulin resistance is a major risk factor for Alzheimer’s Disease that you CAN do something about.”
READ MORE: PsychologyToday
Share this important revelation with your older friends. As the good doctor says, “Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease Is Easier Than You Think”.