If you thought diabetes was bad before...
Diabetes just got a whole lot scarier
Type 2 diabetes increases your risk of heart trouble, kidney failure, blindness, and amputations. Yet the threat of these (entirely preventable) side effects apparently isn’t enough to scare the 24 million people who have type 2 diabetes into making the lifestyle changes necessary to eliminate their risk.
If those risks weren’t serious enough, maybe this one will do the trick:
Type 2 diabetes can significantly increase your risk of
the most feared condition of all
... Alzheimer’s disease.
It’s not a small risk, either. A study recently published in the journal Neurology found that people with diabetes are twice as likely to develop dementia when they were compared to people with normal blood sugar levels. Even worse, people who had the most severe diabetes at the start of the study had a threefold increase in the rate of dementia.
The researchers came to this conclusion after following more than 700 people for 11 years. The results didn’t come from unreliable questionnaires, either. They were based on mental exams that determined symptoms of dementia, and on glucose tolerance tests that measured for type 2 diabetes.
Research is currently underway to find out why these two diseases are related. One possibility is that they share a gene that increases the risk for both. It seems as if insulin controls a gene that also happens to control the buildup of the amyloid plaque that can lead to Alzheimer’s.
Another possible connection is the effect that insulin has on your brain. One small pilot study found that insulin was able to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s when it was delivered right into the brain with a special inhaler.
You are not at the mercy of diabetes.
Diabetes isn’t some contagious killer virus that we’re helpless to prevent. Diabetes is an entirely preventable disease——a disease that’s been brought on by America’s bad-and-getting-worse junk food diet and that can be completely eliminated by a little exercise... exercise in self control, that is.
Let me repeat: One of the nation’s largest health problems is ENTIRELY PREVENTABLE and COMPLETELY REVERSABLE. Those two facts together make diabetes the most tragic of all health epidemics.
Alzheimer’s disease is, of course, on the other end of the spectrum. There’s no cure for this mind-robbing disease. Already, 5.4 million Americans have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. If things don’t change——and soon——that number could jump to 16 million in the next few decades.
If you’ve been putting off the changes you need to make in order to treat or prevent diabetes, it’s time to get your act together. A simple change in your grocery list could help you avoid diabetes and all of its tragic side effects... including Alzheimer’s.
It's dietary. What on earth are you waiting for?