Monday, July 17, 2006

High Blood Sugar Likely Induces Alzheimer's

New research highlights the role sugar plays in Alzheimer's disease

This Washington Post column about a newfound connection between blood sugar and the onset of Alzheimer's disease should give give the 73 million Americans currently diagnosed with diabetes or pre-diabetes reason enough to start livin' la vida low-carb to prevent this from happening to them.

Researchers from the Stockholm, Sweden-based Karolinska Institute presented their 9-year study of over 1,100 people at the 10th International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders in Madrid, Spain on Monday.

What they found during their research is that people with high blood sugar levels are at a higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. Previous studies have already shown a link between Type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer's, but this new research now reveals that even pre-diabetics who have not developed full-blown diabetes yet are in danger of getting the brain-altering Alzheimer's disease.

The Alzheimer's Association has already predicted the number of cases of Alzheimer's disease is expected to quadruple by the year 2050 as the progression of this disease correlates directly with the diabetes epidemic that is now underway.

I have previously blogged about why diabetes can't be cured yet and now we see the unintended consequences of our inability to consider all the treatment options for type 2 diabetes. With the most recent research pointing to the low-carb approach as the best way to help diabetics control their blood sugar levels without the use of medications, then why wouldn't we want to use this miraculous way of eating to slow down the rates of Alzheimer's disease as well?

In fact, we've already seen another recent study that showed a low-carb diet can actually REVERSE Alzheimer's disease completely which went hand-in-hand with this study showing a high-fat, nearly zero-carb diet controlled the symptoms of yet another debilitating neurological disease -- Parkinson's!

The evidence is clear to anyone who is paying attention and can still comprehend what is going on here. Diseases of the brain such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's are very likely caused by the excessive amounts of sugar we are putting in our mouths which is then leading to the twin health epidemics of obesity and diabetes that brings us back to a higher risk for developing these awful diseases. Eeeek!

Can't we just stop this madness by recommending the low-carb lifestyle as a healthy, permanent way to not only maintain your weight, but also to prevent all of these diseases from inflicting us with unnecessary medical conditions? If low-carb has been shown to work so well in the treatment of all of these conditions, then why wouldn't our doctors want to prescribe it as a natural cure? It just doesn't make sense to me at all.

From what I have heard from the Madrid conference, it sounds like the researchers are looking at diabetes drugs to combat Alzheimer's. Ugh! When are we EVER gonna learn that livin' la vida low-carb works, it REALLY works. Wake up people!


Anonymous misha said...

I am so glad this information is available to me; I come from a large family where most of my mother's relatives seem to get Alzheimer's disease in their 70's and I want to prevent it happening to me someday

5/27/2008 11:17 AM  

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