What is Type 3 Diabetes?
What is Type 3 Diabetes?
How many of you know that type 3 diabetes is a thing? Not only is it a thing but it might not be the thing you think. It is a thing that is surprisingly affecting more than five million Americans and growing. That’s right and growing. More and more research is validating the existence of the “new” type 3 diabetes. If you want some sobering statistics on the prevalence of this condition and its growing spread just visit www.alz.org. The Alzheimer's Association maintains that “by 2050, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s dementia (AD) may grow to a projected 13.8 million, barring the development of medical breakthroughs to prevent, slow or cure Alzheimer’s disease.” That’s right, the Alzheimer’s Association.
Are you shocked? Taken aback? I was certainly surprised at this link. As a nurse that focuses on stress management, I constantly research medical trends, particularly ones that highlight how we can improve our overall wellbeing. Interestingly enough diet always comes up as an integral part of my findings. Imagine my surprise a couple of years ago when I found this connection between diabetes and Alzheimer’s. Why type 3 diabetes? “This “type 3 diabetes” is a term that has been proposed to describe the hypothesis that Alzheimer’s disease, which is a major cause of dementia, is triggered by a type of insulin resistance and insulin-like growth factor dysfunction that occurs specifically in the brain” (Healthline).
Growing research is validating the connection between insulin disorders and Alzheimer’s dementia. In fact, there is “strong evidence in support of the hypothesis that AD represents a form of diabetes mellitus that selectively afflicts the brain.” This is not to say that insulin disorders cause Alzheimer’s dementia but rather that they are contributing factors to the disease. Insulin disorders can negatively affect the brain by causing a potential chemical imbalance, inflammation, and block nerve cell communication.
Before you start having symptoms like memory loss, forgetfulness, misplacing items, and difficulty completing a normal and simple task, taking overall steps towards your well being can be the thing to help prevent the onset. Changes in diet can particularly assist in prediabetes. Increase fruit and vegetable intake, monitor high sugar foods and carbohydrates, limit alcohol and tobacco, increase activity levels and most of all be mindful of your overall well-being mind, body and soul to decrease stress levels.