Alzheimer’s Disease And Diabetes Mellitus
Let’s be honest: Alzheimer’s is a thief.
It can steal your memory, your sense of time and place … and maybe even your personality.
You want to do everything possible to put the handcuffs in this disease before they start their harmful activity!
And this is especially true if you have diabetes.
Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes-correlation
For some time, scientists have known that type 2 diabetes can increase the likelihood of Alzheimer’s disease . The worse the regulation of blood sugar, the higher the risk.
They even bent the term “type 3 diabetes” describing this mind-stealing disease!
But they did not know how diabetes can cause dementia or contribute to its development. However, the link has now become clearer with the new study published in the journal Nature .
Researchers at the University of Bath discovered a potential ‘transition point’ between these two diseases.
And it turns out that too high blood sugar can be a domino block that cascades the development of Alzheimer’s disease.
Researchers analyzed brain samples of people with Alzheimer’s disease and healthy people. They checked how elevated blood sugar levels work on brain cells.
They knew earlier that too high a level of glucose (or sugar) in the blood could damage the delicate proteins in these cells. This process is known as glycation.
When there is an accumulation of abnormal proteins in the brain, the enzyme called MIF – which is the abbreviated name of the language violin “factor inhibiting the migration of macrophages” – enters the stage, reacting to inflammation.
In other words, MIF is like a good policeman who tries to protect your brain cells from tangles and plaques associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
This is the key to understanding the problem. Researchers have found that high blood sugar can reduce or prevent MFIs.
The study showed that glucose affects MFIs even in people at the earliest stages of Alzheimer’s disease.
It turns out that as the Alzheimer’s disease develops, the damage of the MFI is increased by the sugar contained in the blood.
We still have to learn a lot about the changes caused by diabetes in the brain. But this is strong new evidence that diabetes is correlated with an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. It also contributes to the development of this disease.
Alzheimer’s disease – how to prevent it?
So the goal is clear: You do not want your brain cells to flood excess sugar!
But you also do not want to suffer from the potential unpleasant side effects of sugar-regulating drugs.
Fortunately, there are many natural ways to maintain a healthy blood sugar without the risk of drugs:
- Try the paleo diet (primary man’s diet) to improve the regulation of blood sugar. It consists of natural fats, proteins, fruits and vegetables
- Add cinnamon to your dishes. It has been shown that this warming, delicious seasoning helps regulate blood sugar levels in people with diabetes.
Take berberine, a natural food supplement obtained from vegetable sources. It has proven effectiveness in regulating blood sugar levels. It is as high as for metformin. Berberine is, however, much safer.