December 28, 2011
Why diabetics are more likely
to get Alzheimer’s
I’ve mentioned this before, but the research is becoming so compelling, and the importance for you so great, it bears another mention. If you have diabetes, you will be significantly more likely to get Alzheimer’s disease.
A new study out of Japan brings an ominous warning to diabetics. The researchers in this study followed 1,000 men and women over the age of 60. They found that Alzheimer’s risk doubles in diabetics. What’s more, diabetics have a 75% higher risk of getting other forms of dementia.
At the outset, all the participants were dementia free. But over only 15 years, 23% developed clinically diagnosed dementia. Slightly less than half developed Alzheimer’s, while the remainder had vascular dementia or dementia of other causes. The researchers made the diagnoses by brain scans in those still living and brain biopsies in those who died.
Of special note is the fact that the researchers pinpointed the two-hour postprandial glucose level as a major risk factor and not fasting glucose. An elevated fasting-glucose level carries risk. But here, the level two hours after eating is far more risky.
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Diabetics aren’t the only ones who need to worry about Alzheimer’s. If you have glucose intolerance, metabolic syndrome, or insulin resistance, you’re equally at risk. These are all one and the same thing. They vary only in the degree of severity. But they all carry significant risk for dementia.
High blood sugar or insulin resistance might impair your neurons' ability to discard waste or handle the beta amyloid that accumulates and ultimately kills the cells. These conditions also impair your vascular condition, which can lead to dementia or circulation problems.
Action to take: Now is the time to take action for this killer spectrum of disease. Drugs don’t cut it. Drugs for diabetes and metabolic syndrome have been an abysmal failure overall. Many do lower blood sugar, but not your risk of a vascular event or death. The one sure way to cure your adult diabetes is with diet. I encourage you to read the book by Gabriel Cousens, MD, There Is a Cure for Diabetes, which is available at Amazon, and all of my articles on diabetes and Alzheimer’s on my website. Dr. Cousens has a virtual 100% cure rate for adult diabetes (as do I) for those who follow the recommendations.
There are a myriad of supplements you can take for better glucose tolerance as well. In Friday’s Health Alert, I’ll tell you about a spice that can help reduce your blood sugar levels and need for insulin. Don’t miss it.
Ref: Neurology. 2011 Sep 20;77(12):1126-34; Diabet Med. 2011 Oct 4. doi: 10.1111/j.1464-5491.2011.03464.x. [Epub ahead of print].
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