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Alzheimer’s Disease and Diabetes- The Association

Did you know Alzheimer’s is also called Type 3 Diabetes?

Diabetes refers to a condition where the body is not able to produce enough insulin or is not able to use the insulin well.

Typically diabetes is of two types:

  1. Type 1: Where the body does not produce enough insulin hormone.
  2. Type 2: Where the body starts developing a resistance to the insulin produced.

Since Alzheimer’s may be triggered due to insulin resistance by the brain therefore it is widely termed as ‘ diabetes in the brain.’

Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia which is characterized by short term memory loss, confusion and forgetfulness. During later stages this becomes worse and can also lead to rapid mood swings and incontinence.

When left untreated, diabetes can cause damage the blood vessels, including vessels in the brain. Since type 2 diabetics are usually less aware about their condition, it puts them at a higher risk for this kind of damage.

When you are diabetic, it also throws off the balance of chemicals in the brain and this can trigger Alzheimer’s. The high blood sugar levels can also cause inflammation, which can damage your brain cells.

Complications that can occur with Diabetes:

  1. Heart Disease
  2. Stroke
  3. Eye Damage
  4. Kidney problems
  5. Nerve Damage
  6. Digestive problems

How can you prevent type 2 diabetes:

The following changes in lifestyle can help reduce and prevent the occurrence of type 2 diabetes and in turn reduce the chances of Alzheimer’s as well:

  1. Eating healthy
  2. Maintaining healthy weight
  3. Managing blood pressure
  4. Managing cholesterol levels
  5. Exercising regularly
  6. Avoid smoking

Small steps can make a big difference. Poor diet and high processed foods and foods that contain high sugar content are damaging to not just people with diabetes but every human being. Sugar is also considered as the ultimate culprit in nerve and blood vessel damage.

Ensuring a healthy lifestyle and exercise can help keep such complications at bay.

Also make sure that you invest in a glucometer which can help you manage and monitor blood sugar level changes from time to time.


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