A diet contrary to the standard American (low fat high carb) would appear to give you a far better shot at avoiding diabetes in all of its forms, along with its dreaded complications according with a new post in The New York Times: Is Alzheimer’s Type 3 Diabetes?
In Type 2 diabetes basically, cells throughout the body become resistant to insulin signals. In an effort to encourage cells to take up more sugar from the blood, the pancreas increases the output of insulin. The high levels of insulin could damage small blood vessels in the brain, and eventually lead to poor brain circulation.
This problem could partly explain why Type 2 diabetes harms the brain. In Alzheimer’s, the brain, especially parts that deal with memory and personality, become resistant to insulin.
The fact that Alzheimer’s can be associated with low levels of insulin in the brain is the reason why increasing numbers of researchers have taken to calling it Type 3 diabetes, or diabetes of the brain.
What’s new is the thought that while diabetes doesn’t “cause” Alzheimer’s, they have the same root: an over consumption of those “foods” that mess with insulin’s many roles.
How to correct the problem? The main step is to eliminate processed carbohydrate foods from the diet that I often refer to as "cutting out the whites", white sugar, potatoes, flour, milk, pasta, rice (even brown rice). Same thing goes for soda pop loaded with sugar and high fructose corn syrup. Not only are they addictive but they often overload our ability to manage the sugar in our blood stream that we must keep in tight control.
Another way to help the body is NOT to eat or drink all the time. One or two meals per day with long periods between means can improve out body response to nutrients. Studies show that 14-16 hour fast from the evening meal time until mid morning or later can refresh the body's ability to handle all nutrients.
Both these methods reduce the need for insulin and allow the body and brain to become more sensitive and responsive to normal levels of insulin and improve brain energy and brain health.
The New York Times: Is Alzheimer’s Type 3 Diabetes?