A new study from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health has suggested that insulin resistance may increase your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
Because resistance deprive the brain of sugar needed for normal cognition, scientists believe that this may cause the disease to develop. While diabetes has always been associated with Alzheimer’s disease, the connection has never been clear.
The study looked at 150 middle-aged people with normal cognitive function, and those with the highest blood sugar levels had much lower levels of insulin processing. Out of the sample, 40 percent had the APOE gene that is linked to Alzheimer’s disease, two-thirds had a parent with the condition and seven of them had diabetes.
Speaking to Reuters, study co-author Barbara Bendlin said. “By altering insulin resistance in middle age, it may be possible to reduce future risk of Alzheimer’s disease Our findings suggest that insulin resistance could increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by affecting metabolism of glucose in the brain. “
Those who have the stamina and some with variations of the APOE gene had lower glucose metabolism , delaying memory performance, but will now have to be conducted to confirm all that more research findings are.
Ms. Brendlin added that, for now, those concerned with the development of Alzheimer’s disease should consider changes in lifestyle that are linked to insulin resistance, such as taking care of your weight and doing enough exercise. This can, in turn, also prevent other associated diseases, such as cancer, infections and trauma. Doctors have been quick to suggest, however, that insulin injections should not be applied directly only by memory loss.
In related news, an Italian study has suggested that a cup of coffee a day could reduce the risk of an individual developing Alzheimer’s disease. It has been found that moderate caffeine levels in the blood may protect the brain against amyloid proteins that end up destroying neurons and causing memory loss.
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