Blood Sugar and Alzheimer’s

Dr. Susan Craft, University of Washing, did research that verifies the link between uncontrolled blood sugar, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease (AD).  She and other researchers found that a major cause of all three conditions of diabetes, heart disease, and AD is Insulin resistance (R).  The Insulin allows our cells to convert the carbohydrates we eat into energy; however, if the carbohydrates are not burned they are stored as fat.  Some of the signs of IR are:  lack of energy; mental fog, confusion (such as forgetting names); and abdominal fat around the belly.

IR appears as a result of diets high in sugar, starch, and [bad] fats–particularly the hydrogenated variety such as Crisco or man-made oil such as Canola.  

Dr. Craft suggests that shifting our diet to include foods higher in fiber and nutrition (like vegetables [and fruit]) and eliminate refined, baked, or starch carbohydrates (like breads, potatoes, white rice and [certain types of pre-packaged] foods will cause a significant reduction in Insulin Resistance–in less than 30 days.  

In addition, other researchers have warned people for years of the potential damage associated with excessive sugar and animal fats in our diet which add to diabetic complications and AD, and their increased health risks.  

Exercise reduces our chances for IR, according to Dr. Craft’s studies showing that just 30 minutes of exercise can improve insulin sensitivity for up to 24 hours.  

What Can Be Done Now?

1.  The need for fiber and nutrient dense foods are essential to good health.  It is not safe to eliminate all fat from your diet as your body and brain need fats and lipids to function.  Did you know your brain is made primarily of fat?  So, eat only healthy fats!  Remember that animals fats can contribute to insulin resistance, and deep fried foods and partially hydrogenated vegetable oils cause significant problems and should be avoided.  But Omega-3 fats are critical for cell health and metabolism.  There needs to be a balance of the good fats–Omega-3, 6 and 9.  For example:  In Systemic Formulas, Inc. Nutriment product:  OMGA Lq (Super Concentrate) 2 ml — Total Fat = 1.8 g [DHA 236.6 mg, EPA 310 mg, a linolenic 125 mg = Total (Omega 3) 67mg] [Linoleic (Omega 6) = 406 m] and [Oleic (Omega 9) – 10.8 mg].  This formula promotes healthy heart, brain and joint function. This citrus flavored formula contains odorless fish oil as well as botanical oils from borage, flax, pomegranate and coconut

2.  Systemic Formulas, Inc. Bio-Nutriment FLX (Vegetable Flax Seed Oil) is an organic source of cold pressed Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. It helps sustain healthy levels of cholesterol.

The most important omega fatty acids

Omega 3

alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) – essential
eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)
docosahexaenoic acid DHA

Omega 6

linolenic acid (LA) – essential
gamma-linolenic acid (GLA)
dihomogamma linolenic acid (DLA)
arachidonic acid (AA)

Omega 9
oleic acid (OA)

This is a good place to start for a Healthy Brain and Heart.  Eliminate the sugar, the soda pop, the diet drinks, even the Sport Drinks like Gatorade–so high in sugar.  Become aware of other names for sugar, like High Fructose Corn Syrup, Corn Syrup, Fructose, Dextrose, etc. 

Schedule a consultation today with our Lifestyle Coach at Healthy Life Institute at 801-358-4777