Though having a high insulin level doesn't directly cause
Alzheimer's disease - it approximately doubles your risk of being diagnosed
with this most feared of all diseases.
back in the 1950s scientists analyzed the brain matter of
deceased individuals and found very small quantities of insulin.
From this observation emerged a theory that the human brain
didn't need insulin to perform it's normal functions.
theory was widely accepted until a study in the 1990s completely
destroyed it. A lab rat was trained to negotiate a complex
wooden maze. After some training the rat could shoot through the
whole maze in less than six seconds flat!
The trained rat was then injected with a research
drug that blocked the flow of insulin from the blood into the
brain. The drug didn't block the flow of blood sugar, it only blocked
the flow of insulin.
result was stunning. When the rat was dropped into the maze it
stood frozen and confused. It didn't know where it was. it's
memory was completely gone, all because it's brain couldn't get the insulin
we now know it needed.
Clearly the old theory was wrong. The brain is in fact dependent
on a steady flow of insulin in order to fulfill it's many
Diabetes of the Brain?
root cause of type 2 diabetes is insulin resistance. You have
far too much insulin circulating in your bloodstream and as a
result your body becomes numb to it's effects and insulin loses it's
ability to keep your blood
sugar level down so it climbs too high and a doctor gives you a
diagnosis of diabetes.
here's the big question: If the brain needs insulin couldn't it
also become resistant to insulin's effects? Couldn't the brain
become diabetic? Could it be that Alzheimer's disease is only a
new kind of diabetes - diabetes of the brain?
Recent research has shown that diabetes is insulin resistance of the
whole body, while Alzheimer's
disease is insulin resistance of the brain.
well over 20 years we've known that diabetics were two to three
times as likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease as
non-diabetics. Why this was true has always been a mystery.
now we know that the root cause of both diabetes and Alzheimer's disease
is - too much insulin
in the blood.
Clearly our systems were made to operate on an insulin level
that was kept within a narrow range. But now with most
American's having extremely high insulin levels, Alzheimer's
disease is fast becoming a major epidemic.
simple fact is - lower
your insulin level and you can significantly reduce your risk of
losing your marbles to Alzheimer's disease.