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  • Diabetes Type ll as a Precursor for Alzheimer’s Disease?


    America seems to be in the grips of a Diabetes explosion. In 2015, over 30.3 million of us have been diagnosed with one form of the disease. Another 84.1 million Americans are considered ‘Pre-diabetic’, and left untreated, have a likelihood of progressing to a confirmed Diabetic diagnosis. Some positive news does exist for millions who make lifestyle modifications to stave off becoming medication dependent. Increasing your activity levels, fine-tuning your diet, and a set sleep schedule have proven to be incredibly effective for many people spurred to action by a pre-diabetic confirmation.

    In some cases, however, a full Diabetic diagnosis can be inevitable. When that happens, patients can be prescribed Insulin to help control their blood sugar. Insulin works in tandem with the pancreas and the liver to moderate the amount of sugar in your bloodstream. Overall, it’s effective in managing the symptoms which otherwise could prove catastrophic for many people on a daily basis.

    A new study was just published in the ‘Proceedings of Natural Academy of Sciences’ which provides compelling research about the link between Insulin dependence and the onset of Diabetes. The work was carried out at the Joslin Diabetes Center, affiliated with Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA.

    So what did they find? It’s pretty amazing, actually. Two parts of the human brain the hippocampus and the central amygdala, areas of the brain that help with cognition function, as well as metabolic control, are directly impacted by the introduction of Insulin. Experiments concluded a validated level of cognitive decline in tests using both a control and test group. Over time, the repeated use of Insulin to control certain types of Diabetes may alter the pathway and result in compromised cognition which may set the stage for Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.

    If you or a loved on has questions regarding your treatment for Diabetes and concerns for long term brain health, please consult your physician or health care provider. 

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