Did you know there was a type 3 diabetes? Many people haven't recognized this fairly recent medical term. It came about in 2005 when a team led by Dr. Suzanne de la Monte at US Brown Medical School came across a remarkable diabetes breakthrough.
Their research revealed that our brains actually produce insulin. In the past it was assumed that our pancreas was mainly responsible for insulin production. Dr. de la Monte also determined that this brain insulin production was very important to the overall health of our brain.
Because of this new research it appears as though a drop in insulin has a dramatic effect on our brain function. Cells appear to degenerate with this vital insulin drop. The result is type 3 diabetes. Our brain cannot support the insulin receptors in the brain which doesn't allow new memories to form.
One big difference is that brain insulin appears to be not affected by blood glucose levels. This presents one clear distinction between type 3 diabetes and the much more known type 1 and type 2 diabetes. In fact this research seems to point out that our brains actually perform better when not burning glucose. Ketones are a much better brain fuel.
So how does this research into type 3 diabetes help us in the long run?
I wrote in the second paragraph that our brains produce insulin and that it is very important to our brain health. And in the third paragraph I wrote that cells degenerate when insulin is reduced. "Degenerate" means that they die. The cells die. And they don't come back.
When they die, memory loss begins along with other cognitive function failure. Does that sound a little bit familiar? How about this next fact that came out of Dr. de la Monte's work?
Research indicates that insulin resistance like that found in type 2 diabetes may also be found in those suffering from type 3 diabetes. Another big link is found in protein deposits.
People with type 2 diabetes can have protein deposits in their pancreas. These deposits are eerily similar to the protein deposits found in the brains of Alzheimer's victims. We know that those suffering from Alzheimer's also have buildup of amyloid. People with type 2 diabetes have been found to have amyloid in their pancreas as well.
Are we seeing a pattern here?
Here are three signs of danger.
* Memory Loss
So does this mean this new condition is really Alzheimer's disease? I'm not sure about that, but the similarities are obvious. Insulin reduction destroys insulin receptors and lowers brain function. Insulin reduction in the brain leads to amyloid plaque buildup which is known to cause Alzheimer's.
So did this research indicate a common link to Alzheimer's? Maybe so. But I think a more important discovery hasn't been mentioned yet. I think the fact that our brains produce insulin and that lack of insulin kills brain cells, brings about a big question, which is, "How do we fix it?" By following the links.
We know that:
* People with type 2 diabetes are in danger of developing type 3 diabetes. Insulin and leptin resistance work against the brain as well as other parts of our bodies.
* People with type 2 diabetes are in danger of developing heart and kidney disease.
* Autopsies done on people who were suffering from dementia related conditions including Alzheimer's have had at least beginning stages of heart disease.
* Type 3 diabetes symptoms are nearly the same as Alzheimer's disease.
When I connect these dots I get one answer. The research that brought about the term, type 3 diabetes gives us a great advantage. If we know the symptoms are similar and we know that type 3 diabetes has causes similar to type 2 diabetes, our path is crystal clear.
We need to begin early on in life to create habits that could lower the risk of type 2 diabetes forming.
Change from processed foods that are high in sugar, fructose, artificial sweeteners, trans fats and scientifically altered foods, to healthy, natural choices. Here is a link that points out once again that the Mediterranean diet along with proper exercise works well in this fight for better health. We've dedicated an entire section to this superior dietary health plan. You'll find it in the left margin of every page.
We've already featured "The Mediterranean Diet E Book" by Val and Enrico Forte. This plan is a great method to reduce your risks of diabetes and the conditions preceding and following in so many cases.
Cut back on grain a little bit. That doesn't mean you have to cut it out. Just cut it back. The three white poisons do need to be cut out all together. For newer readers at books-empower.com, the three white poisons are white sugar, white flour and white salt.
Get in motion. Literally. Get off the couch, turn off the television and enjoy the sunshine. Sixty minutes per day. And work your brain as well. Do mentally challenging things. Facebook doesn't count as mentally challenging. Better than sitcom reruns, but not as good as an empowering book. Which brings us to......
Please read "Fix It" by Dr. Chauncey Crandall. His information will help you avoid or reverse some of the health issues described in this page. There are no guarantees in life. But when we have clear cut methods to reduce risk, we must grab them and run with them.
Then please read "Grain Brain." I think you'll understand the relationship between heart health and brain function much more after taking in the information from Dr. Perlmutter. You'll also understand why our diet choices are causing many chronic diseases. Both books are included in our list of classic books, located in the left margin.
Relax, get enough good sleep and have some fun.
This kind of sounds like the four chambers of heart health. I guess they work for the brain, the kidneys and the rest of our bodies too. Imagine that! Here is a link with some more detail on the path of this disease.