Scientists recently discovered that insulin is not only produced in the pancreas. It is also produced in the brain. When the brain no longer secretes enough insulin, its cells deteriorate and the receptors begin to malfunction.
In a recent study of brain tissue from 45 Alzheimer’s patients, researchers found insulin abnormalities quite similar to those associated with advanced stages of diabetes. The brains of those with Alzheimer’s also had abnormal protein deposits similar to deposits in the pancreas of diabetics.
The Brown Medical School researchers who performed the study concluded that Alzheimer’s is a new form of diabetes. They called it “Type 3.” Others characterize the discovery differently. But one thing is certain. Abnormal blood sugar metabolism clearly leads to diabetes AND neurodegeneration. This would explain why diabetics have about a 65 percent increased risk of Alzheimer’s.
Just another bit of news to remind you to watch your blood sugar to preserve your brainpower. Avoid added sugars, fruit juices and refined carbohydrates… and workout vigorously three to four times per week. You will have greater mental energy, your mood will be elevated, and your risk of ALL degenerative diseases will be greatly diminished.
The problem with equating the risk of these diseases with a meaningless number – our age – is that it allows us to abdicate responsibility. It takes the focus off the true causes of disease and puts it on something that we can do nothing about – the hands of time. Oh, well… that’s just what happens when you get older.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. The degenerative diseases we associate with aging have little to do with our chronological “age.” Rather, they are the long-term ramifications of unhealthy choices that turned into lifelong habits!
These diseases do not magically appear at a certain age. They are the end-result of poor nutrition, stress and toxic overload over a long period of time.
Obviously, the longer these risk factors have continued, the greater the chances they will manifest as disease. But the focus should not be on our age. It should be on removing the causes of illness and disease – no matter what magic number we turned on our last birthday.