Alzheimer’s is a brain form of diabetes

Alzheimer’s is a brain form of diabetes

I attended Dr Roizen’s Integrative Medicine Conference  this past weekend in Las Vegas and the big take away for me was….Diabetics have twice the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer’s is a brain form of diabetes. In Alzheimer’s, insulin is not very effective in the brain. Consequently, the brain cells practically starve to death.

Insulin is the hormone that tells cells to absorb  sugar from the blood. In type 2 diabetes, the body’s cells resist insulin, leading to elevated blood sugar levels and less sugar for the insulin-resistant cells.  If  brain cells (otherwise known as neurons) become insulin resistant, you put yourself at risk for Alzheimer’s.

 In her research, Dr. DeLaMonte blocked the path of insulin to rats’ brains — a condition similar to insulin resistance. The rats eventually showed signs of Alzheimer’s and their brains eventually deteriorated.

SOURCE – Dr. Suzanne DeLaMonte
Alpert Medical School, Brown University
Neuropathologist, Rhode Island Hospital

THE BOTTOM LINE – Too much sugar in your diet can lead to insulin resistance, which potentially starves your brain of sugar and leads to Alzheimer’s. This, for me, adds another dimension to why I spend so much time running monthly SUGAR BUSTER GROUPS!!! Our brain needs it.