Alzheimers – A New Type of Diabetes?

By Shawna Wasko, M.OLP PI/Nutrition Contracts Manager

I find myself eating my way through COVID-19. Chocolate has suddenly become irresistible, and if it’s covering a nut you better get out of my way. Weight for many during this time is becoming a problem. Many are bored at home and going on vacation can’t be done right now. Where would we go, what would we do? I could go for walks but after eating all those chocolate covered nuts it’s hard to get motivated. Those with diabetes are telling me they are also struggling during COVID-19 with weight and sugar levels.

I remember years ago I heard that many doctors were calling Alzheimer’s, type 3 diabetes. Many people I talked with about this told me they had never heard of this. If I told a medical doctor, they would tell me they had read nothing about us.

I came across an article I saved from years ago called; Alzheimer’s: Is it a new Type of Diabetes? It was published on October 17, 2012.

The article states that the brain’s resistance to the action of insulin can lead to cognitive decline experienced in Alzheimer’s sufferers, according to recent research. Correlating the brain and insulin response has coined the term “type 3 diabetes” for Alzheimer’s disease. But the article asks, “will that name stick?”

The article explained that Rhode Island Hospital researcher, Suzanne de la Monte, M.D., found a link between diabetes and mediators of neuronal injury that help Alzheimer’s disease spread. The ability of the brain to respond to insulin is important for normal function but is resisted at some point, according to the research. This is why it is associat-ed with the symptoms found in Alzheimer’s sufferers.

The University of Pennsylvania’s study, the first to show that insulin resistance occurs, indicated that Alzheimer’s could develop without a significant amount of hyperglycemia (increased blood sugar). Their researchers tested the brains of deceased non-diabetic patients with Alzheimer’s disease to demonstrate that even with normal blood sugar levels, those brains showed that they were resistant to insulin activation the article stated. Type 1 and type 2 diabetes are characterized by hyperglycemia. The term “Alzheimer’s type 3 diabetes” was coined to differentiate those who did not activate various proteins in the insulin-signaling pathways, but may have normal blood sugars. And the article explained that according to, those with insulin resistance increase their risk of Alzheimer’s by about 50 to 65 percent.

So I know that chocolate, and pizza, and candy, and pop, and cake all look wonderful right now but for many of us seniors we may need to control our sugars even more during this stressful time. Research is finding out new answers on many diseases as time goes by. For now, we just need to walk more, and eat lots of vegetables. And don’t cover them with chocolate.

Only For Those Highly Addicted

These are some of our favorites……but I’m sure any type of veggies would be delicious.

All it takes is a second to dunk all of our favorite veggies in rich chocolate…….

I know, it sounds weird. But really…….it’s strangely addictive.

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