Reversing Type 2 Diabetes on a Splurge Friday, Alzheimer’s Update

Reversing Type 2 Diabetes is fun!

Further thoughts on Alzheimer’s as t3d

 

Reversing type 2 diabetes

The Diabetes Monster

Yet another great day for reversing type 2 diabetes.  Yes the fun never ends and here is what I did to reverse it today.

Admittedly, this happy bit is all fake.

The Charming Mrs. SWMBO has been gone all week and won’t be back until tomorrow.  Yes,  I miss her.

At least the numbers are decent on this splurge Friday.  I have that going for me.

 

The Numbers:

  • Fasting Blood Glucose Level:  95 mg/dl
  • Weight:  184 lbs.  Down a bit.
  • Exercise:  45 minute ride, and I am proud to say got in 10.13 miles.
  • Mood:  7.0
The Menu:
  • Breakfast:  The usual morning medley of fruit, a whole wheat bagel.
  • Lunch:  Leftover Cajun Blackeyed Peas and brown rice.
  • Dinner:  A grilled chicken salad.  Splurging ain’t the same without the Charming Mrs. SWMBO around.
  • Snacks:  A few almonds.

Yesterday I wrote a post on a developing theory that Alzheimer’s is type 3 diabetes.  Now there are three ways to have fun with this miserable condition.

The argument is interesting, which, as I understand it, can be summarized as too much glucose in the blood for too long creates inflammation that in turn creates the beta amyloid plaque that is the visible sign of  Alzheimer’s.

Officially, the why and when of this disease are unknown.  No one knows when it starts or why it starts.   It’s mystery.

Developing new medications is frustrating  major drug manufacturers because nothing that they have tried really works to reverse or even halt the progression of the disease.

So the growing suspicion that Alzheimer’s is a metabolic disease is happy news, or as happy as this thing can get.

Both diseases have been growing at epidemic levels over the past several decades.

If the theory is true, it suggests that early diagnosis and treatment of diabetes could solve a growing and expensive problem.  Right now treating Alzheimer’s is estimated to cost over $200 billion/year in the US alone. As the population continues to age, the cost will rise substantially.

So, the theory that Alzheimer’s is diabetes of the brain, a metabolism problem, is hopeful.  Routine diagnosis can find the problem early – or better, prevent it –  treatment is known and if conscientiously applied Alzheimer’s could be stopped before it starts.  We have the medications, diets, exercise and pumps to fix the problem.

Reversing type 2 diabetes is possible.  Reversing Alzheimer’s is not.

The thing is, I don’t it’s a matter of diabetes and diets.  Remember, I am not a scientist.  I just have some experience in all of this.

My mom passed away of Alzheimer’s.  She was always careful about her weight and what she ate.  She could still  fit into her wedding dress well into her seventies, and that was after five kid.

She exercised throughout her life.  She worked out with Jack LaLanne while watching our old DuMont black and white TV set.  Through the years she rode bikes, walked long distances, gardened, used exercycyles and treadmills, and took aerobic and tai chi classes.  She had yearly check ups and everything was normal, never a hint a diabetic problem.

Yet, she got Alzheimer’s.

Mom did develop type 2 diabetes a couple of years before she died.  By this time she did very little physical activity and no exercising.  She sat and ate. The food at the nursing home that she lived in was very good and her great mortal diet enemy, ice cream, was readily available from the softserve machine in the dining room.  All she could eat, and that’s what she did.

At this point, it didn’t matter much and the diabetic problem was controlled with Metformin.

So at this point, I am willing to believe that too much blood glucose is a trigger, one of many, that causes beta amyloid plaque to form in the brian.  There are probably many others.

So I will be hopeful that this is a start and that one trigger can be eliminated.

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Reversing Type 2 Diabetes on a Splurge Friday, Alzheimer’s Update was last modified: September 28th, 2012 by Dave LeBlanc
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