It may be hard to believe that there is a connection between Alzheimer and type 2 diabetes, its real and experts are now terming it as type 3 diabetes. But what is type 3 diabetes? Well, type 3 diabetes refers to the progression from type 2 diabetes to Alzheimer and other conditions characterized by a dramatic decline in cognitive functions and marked by memory loss. While all patients suffering from diabetes have a high risk of developing many kinds of the condition including Alzheimer, women having type 2 diabetes have over a 19% risk of developing condition known as vascular dementia. Normally not everyone who has type 2 diabetes will develop vascular dementia, Alzheimer or any type of dementia but if you have diabetes there is a higher risk of developing Alzheimer. Additionally, if you have a relative suffering from Alzheimer there is a double risk.
Symptoms of type 3 diabetes
Although a person who is in the early stages of type 3 may not have increased blood sugar, chances are he will experience some warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease. Some of the symptoms of this condition include
- Memory loss that can interfere with the daily life.
- Visual problems that are seen when one is driving.
- Losing things or withdrawing from social activities and work.
- Becoming confused about places, names, and dates,
- Losing a train of thought in the middle of a sentence or conversation
- Personalities and moods changes. While some of these symptoms may be attributed to normal aging or other health issues, if your loved one has such symptoms, it’s very important to go for a checkup including looking at your insulin function and blood sugar.
How to prevent type 3 diabetes
When it comes to preventing yourself from getting diabetes, consulting with your doctor is the right path. While drug companies are still doing research on the drugs that may combat thinking problems and memory loss, there are several lifestyle changes that can also help. Here are some of the methods that you can use to prevent type 3 diabetes Move more and reduce your weight- Just like regular exercise, losing even small amounts of weight can greatly increase insulin activities. Although it’s not yet clear whether this improvement is the same in the brain, it’s widely known that exercise can protect you against dementia and those with less weight are at lower risk. Eat a healthy diet- Instead of eating bad foods, you need to focus on healthy ones such as whole foods, vegetables, and fruits. Similarly, you need to include certain spices such as aromatic herbs, turmeric, and cinnamon in your diet. Reduce processed meat- Processed meats include meats that have been salted, canned or cured. According to studies, these kinds of meat usually contains nitrosamines which can interfere with insulin signaling. It is, therefore, very important to avoid them. Maintain tight blood sugar control- When it comes to controlling your blood sugar and taking any medication you need to follow your doctor’s advice. Doing so may reduce the risk of developing complications such as dementia. By taking these steps you will protect yourself from developing type 3 diabetes. Remember, it’s always easier to protect your brain than to repair it. More so, what you do to the brain will also affect your body.
*The author of this blog is not a medical professional and this article does not contain professional medical advice. This blog is not intended to substitute for medical advice, treatment, or diagnosis. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of the contents of this article. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call 911 immediately.