Sweetly Killing Our Brains

It’s scary.

And it happened to me.

Last week in my Emergency Department, a man and a woman occupied adjacent rooms.

Both in their mid-60’s. Both having difficulty breathing. Neither able to communicate the details of their problem.

The scourge of Alzheimer’s disease.

One patient had a family member present to give important context to their loved one’s current illness.

The other arrived alone, transferred by ambulance from a nearby nursing home, unable to provide any meaningful details.

There are a number of scary facts about Alzheimer’s disease:

-the fact that it affects over 5 million Americans

-the fact that it hits without warning, often in the prime of life

-the fact that just because you don't have a relative in Alzheimer's disease doesn't mean you won't be the first

As a physician, I believe the scariest fact is…we really don’t know how or why people develop this dreaded disease.

But maybe, just maybe, we are getting a clue.

What you eat affects your brain.

Scientists are mounting evidence of a link between insulin resistance and developing Alzheimer’s disease.

We have known for years that people with diabetes develop Alzheimer’s disease more frequently than those without diabetes.

More recently, a pivotal study done in Hisayama, Japan clarified the risk. It demonstrated that people with diabetes doubled their likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

But the problem is not just people with diabetes.

In that same study out of Japan, researchers found that people with pre-diabetes also had increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

In fact, people with insulin resistance had a 60% higher chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Type 3 Diabetes

Think of it as diabetes of the brain.

Dr. Suzanne de la Monte, an expert Alzheimer’s researcher at Brown University has compiled evidence of the effect that insulin resistance has on the brain, and advocates for considering Alzheimer’s disease as Type 3 diabetes.

-In Type 1 diabetes: blood sugar is too high, and the insulin level is too low.

-In Type 2 diabetes: blood sugar is too high, and insulin is also too high, a reflection of resistance to insulin in the cells of the body.

-In Type 3 diabetes: blood sugar may very well be normal... but the effects of insulin resistance on the brain play a major role in the development of Alzheimer's disease pathology.

The tangled neural fibers. The thick, sticky protein called amyloid that gums up the brain pathways for cells to communicate. Each of these pathologic problems of Alzheimer’s potentially induced by insulin resistance within our brain.

The Scariest Part

The problem is not just with diabetes.

And not just with pre-diabetes either.

Being overweight can increase your risk of Alzheimer’s as well.

A 2011 study published in the journal Neurology, demonstrated that people who were obese may increase their risk of Alzheimer’s as much as triple.

And people who were overweight, but not obese? Doubled their risk.

Are you a bit overweight? Triglycerides a little elevated? Pudgy “love handles” across the middle? Hunger cravings or feeling like you are “hypoglycemic” in the middle of the afternoon?

If you check any of those mental boxes, you are probably insulin resistant.

And could be at risk for Alzheimer’s disease.

This may also be why people who change their focus from losing weight to reversing their insulin resistance—not only lose weight, not only feel better…they think more clearly.

Reversing the Fog

It happened to me.

Not too many years ago, I noticed I was feeling more sluggish than I should.

Not only was my energy lower than I wanted, but I was mentally sluggish. It was like a thin veil of fog was hanging over the sharp mental clarity that I had enjoyed for so many years of medical training and practice.

That’s when I decided to follow my own advice.

I followed the six steps to what would later become the iFactor Course, and the changes were remarkable.

Not only did my weight quickly return to where it should be. Not only did my slightly elevated triglycerides become entirely normal. Not only did my energy during the day and sleep at night improve.

But amazingly—the fog lifted. My mental precision returned. My memory recall and cognitive alertness was as sharp as ever.

But not only for me. Hundreds of people who I’ve personally taken through the iFactor principles have noticed the same thing.

They think more clearly.

The Bottom Line

Considering Alzheimer’s disease as Type 3 diabetes raises some interesting questions about potential treatment options for the future.

But even more importantly, it raises some critical questions about it’s prevention for today.

There are many discussions of what is the best diet plan to follow. But it is more than just avoiding sugar (though that is indeed important).

I am more convinced than ever that the best plan is actually not a diet, but a way of life.

A way of life, that is, that reverses the effects of insulin resistance, and restores the healthy function of cells throughout the body, including in the brain.

Question: Have you noticed a change in your mental clarity that could be tied to your health and weight?

I’d love to hear your experience in the Comments below!

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