The Connection Between Diabetes and Alzheimer's

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Filed Under: Diabetes, Mood & Memory, Blood Sugar
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Alzheimer’s disease has recently been linked to diabetes. Researchers from Brown University analyzed the brain tissue of 45 patients who had died with varying degrees of Alzheimer’s. In the study, they compared this tissue with that of people who did not have a history of diabetes. In every case, insulin-related abnormalities normally associated with advanced stages of diabetes were noted.

There is another researcher who has uncovered links between diabetes and cognitive problems. According to Suzanne Craft, PhD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral science at the University of Washington, Seattle, and researcher at the VA Puget Sound Medical Center, when insulin levels are elevated, it may prompt the development of the amyloid protein that is found in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients.

One possible explanation for these findings is that insulin and its related growth factor proteins (such as insulin-like growth factor-1, or IGF-1) play an integral role in the production of acetylcholine—a neurotransmitter found in the brain that is necessary for optimal cognitive function.

When insulin levels are abnormal (one of the most common type 2 diabetes symptoms) production of acetylcholine can be disrupted, setting the stage for Alzheimer’s and other memory problems to develop.

I encourage people living with diabetes to pay strict attention to this information. I suggest that they adhere to the natural remedies for diabetes (many of which I’ll be sharing with you here). Diabetes complications should not be taken lightly, and you need to do everything you can to ensure to stay healthy when dealing with diabetes.

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