Is Alzheimer’s disease type III diabetes?

19 Dec

I have come across a number of blog posts recently suggesting that Alzheimer’s disease might be a kind of diabetes. This is an interesting conjecture because it might help explain the connection between life-style and dementia.

Here is a review article published in 2008 that examines the evidence. The authors state:

“We conclude that the term “type 3 diabetes” accurately reflects the fact that AD represents a form of diabetes that selectively involves the brain and has molecular and biochemical features that overlap with both type 1 diabetes mellitus and T2DM.”

Risk of dementia is definitely higher for people with diabetes. Thus, it would be prudent to take steps that reduce our risk of diabetes.


Here is Dr. Greger on preventing diabetes with diet:


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