Latest research confirms those same bad habits, if continued throughout middle age and beyond, may result in what is called Type III diabetes and Alzheimer’s Disease (AD).
The concept of Alzheimer’s as a type of diabetes was originally suggested by German neuroscientists in the 1990s. More recently, in 2005, two published US studies from Brown Medical School revealed that the brain produces insulin, and insulin levels tend to drop dramatically in Alzheimer’s patients. Brown researcher Dr. Suzanne de la Monte said: “Many of the unexplained features of Alzheimer’s, such as cell death and tangles in the brain, appear to be linked to abnormalities in insulin signaling.”
Current research would appear to back this up. The North-western University investigated the Alzheimer’s-as-type-III-diabetes theory. In most Alzheimer’s patients, memory is corrupted by a build-up of amyloid plaques in the brain. So when the researchers treated rat nerve cells with insulin, they were encouraged to find that the effects of amyloid protein plaques were blocked.