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What You Eat May Be Killing Your Brain – PART 2

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The underlying causes of Alzheimer’s disease begin with too much sugar on the brain. The cycle starts when we over-consume sugar and don’t eat enough fat, which leads to diabesity. 

Type 3 Diabetes

The idea that Alzheimer’s might be Type 3 diabetes has been around since 2005, but the connection between poor diet and Alzheimer’s is becoming more convincing, as summarized in a cover story in New Scientist entitled “Food for Thought: What You Eat May Be Killing Your Brain.

3 Types of Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is where the immune system destroys insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. It accounts for about 10 percent of all cases. Type 2 diabetes is chronic or environmental, and it’s especially prevalent in populations that overconsume hyperprocessed foods. It’s tragically, increasingly common — about a third of Americans have diabetes or pre-diabetes. It causes your cells to fail to retrieve glucose from the blood (called insulin resistance).

Eating sugar and refined carbs can cause pre-dementia and dementia. But cutting out the sugar and refined carbs and adding healthy fat can prevent, and even reverse, pre-dementia and early dementia.

You can impact your brain through your diet and heal your body.  In fact, your body and your mind aren’t two separate systems; they’re one elegant, continuous ecosystem. What you do to the body affects the brain, and what you do to the brain affects the body

What You Eat May Be Killing Your Brain – PART 1

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Just in case you need another reason to cut back on sugar, it now turns out that Alzheimer’s could well be a form of diet-induced diabetes.

What Is Alzheimer’s?

A neuropathologist named Alois Alzheimer noticed, over a century ago, that a certain protein was taking the place of normal brain cells. How those proteins (beta amyloid plaques as they’re called) get there has been a mystery. What’s becoming clear, however, is that a lack of insulin — or insulin resistance — not only impairs brain function but seems to be implicated in the formation of those plaques.

The Diabetes/Dementia Link

We know that people with diabetes are at least twice as likely to get Alzheimer’s, and that obesity alone increases the risk of impaired brain function.

What’s new is the thought that while diabetes doesn’t “cause” Alzheimer’s, they have the same root: an over consumption of those “foods” that spike insulin. (Genetics have an effect on susceptibility, as they appear to with all environmental diseases.)

If the rate of Alzheimer’s rises in lockstep with Type 2 diabetes, which has nearly tripled in the United States in the last 40 years, we will shortly see a devastatingly high percentage of our population with not only failing bodies but also brains.

The link between diet and dementia negates our notion of Alzheimer’s as a condition that befalls us by chance. Adopting a sane diet, a diet contrary to the standard American diet (called SAD), would appear to give us a far better shot at avoiding diabetes in all of its forms, along with its dreaded complications.

CLICK HERE for PART 2 explaining how Alzheimer’s is considered Type 3 Diabetes.

What Are the Predictive Biomarkers of Inflammation?

Burning MatchInflammation is the root cause of most chronic illness. The word inflammation comes from the Latin “inflammo”, meaning “I set alight”. It is the body’s attempt at self-protection; the aim being to remove harmful stimuli, including damaged cells and irritants and begin the healing process. It is part of the body’s immune response. Initially, it is beneficial when, for example, you cut your hand and tissues need repair. However, sometimes inflammation can cause further inflammation

Our immune systems are largely housed in the gut and the interplay between the gut and the brain is profoundly important. Once inflammation is active, it is highly self-perpetuating. Inflammatory chemicals travel throughout the body causing oxidative stress to the tissues.

In my book, Is Your Lifestyle Killing You, I explain 8 Lifestyle Factors for Disease(inflammation) Prevention ; Food Plan, Restoring Physical Activity, Sleep Well, Stress Management, Digestive Health, High Level Nutrition, Detoxification, Supportive Healthy Communities.

Scientific studies support these lifestyle causes of inflammation
• Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, found in a study that sleep deprivation or poor sleep quality raise inflammation, which in turn increases the risk of developing heart disease and stroke.
• Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington found that postmenopausal overweight or obese women who lost 5% or more of their body weight had measurable falls in levels of inflammation markers

Most “normal” laboratory tests will not give a good indication of the level of inflammation in the body. It is good to have knowledge of which test are the best “predictive” biomarkers of inflammation.

HBA1c
Fasting Insulin
Vitamin D
CRP
Homocysteine
Oxidized LDL
Food Sensitivity Testing