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Alzheimer's disease is actually advanced type 2 diabetes, say researchers

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Alzheimer's disease is actually the advanced stages of type 2 diabetes, according to ground-breaking research from the University at Albany (SUNY). This might explain why over 75% of type 2 diabetics eventually contract Alzheimer's.

Professor Ewan McNay, who led the study, said his research indicates that the excess insulin diabetics produce disrupts brain chemistry, leading to dementia.

"Type 2 diabetics really do have low-level Alzheimer’s," said Dr. McNay. "The discovery could explain why people who develop type 2 diabetes often show sharp declines in cognitive function."

People who have diabetes have to realize this is about more than controlling their weight or diet. It’s also the first step on the road to cognitive decline. At first they won’t be able to keep up with their kids playing games, but in 30 years’ time they may not even recognize them.”

In his study, McNay and his team fed rats a high-calorie diet to induce type 2 diabetes and then conducted memory tests, which showed the rats' concentration eroded dramatically as their diabetes progressed.

A postmortem exam revealed the rats' brains contained clumps of amyloid protein — the same substance found in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. McNay's findings may be able to help diabetics ward off Alzheimer's disease as their diabetes progresses.

Meanwhile, a growing number of medical experts say a grain-heavy, high-carb diet fuels Alzheimer's. Cardiologist Dr. Mehmet Oz recently noted that a high-fat, low-carb ketogenic diet can prevent or even reverse Alzheimer's disease.

Dr. Oz joins a long list of medical experts who are sold on using diet therapy over drugs to treat common degenerative conditions such as diabetes, dementia, ADHD, and even cancer.



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