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Diabetes and Alzheimers

3 December 2013 No Comment

I’ve seen a couple of articles on this recently and I think it’s pretty interesting. Here’s one. Here’s another. There’s growing support for the idea that Alzheimers is related to diabetes, specifically, Type 2 diabetes, and though they aren’t quite sure how yet, this is actually good news. It’s good news because Type 2 diabetes, for those who don’t know, is strongly related to lifestyle factors such as diet and exercise levels, which are things you can obviously do a lot to improve. Type 1 diabetes, on the other hand, is inherited, so there isn’t much you can do about it. As Mark Bittman said in The New York Times, “The good news is that laying off soda, doughnuts, processed meats and fries could allow you to keep your mind intact until your body fails you.”

I guess the theory is roughly that if you eat really poorly (lots of processed foods, a diet high in sugar and fat and salt etc) that this can affect the health of the arteries in the brain by the formation of plaques, which will limit blood flow in the brain and ultimately affect the way it functions.

Like I said, it doesn’t appear to be too well understood yet, but these articles should (I’m not going to say provide food for thought) provide extra motivation to eat well and stay healthy.

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