What diabetes does to your brain
If there's anything worse for your brain than a career in football, boxing or politics, it's diabetes. Type 2 diabetes will bash your head from the inside -- but you won't feel a thing.
Not at first anyway.
Then, it happens: You start to forget stuff.
Early on, you might dismiss it as "brain farts." But these little episodes are really the warning signs of damage inside your brain -- damage CAUSED by diabetes, as new research shows how this disease can lead directly to memory loss and even dementia.
As you develop insulin resistance, your body starts to produce more of the stuff in what will ultimately turn into a failed effort to control excess sugar in your blood.
What happens instead, however, is that some of the extra insulin leaks out of your bloodstream and into the brain, where it wipes out the enzyme needed to clear amyloid protein.
When amyloid protein builds up in your brain, you get plaques and tangles -- and those plaques and tangles are one of the major warning signs of dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
Since you can't crack open human heads and watch the damage as it unfolds, researchers used rats in the new study. First, the rodents were put on a junk food diet to give them diabetes the same way humans get it. And then, as the disease progressed, the rats suffered memory loss -- with their brains showing the same pattern of damage we see in HUMAN patients with Alzheimer's disease.
The study helps explain why up to 70 percent of all diabetics can expect to battle dementia at some point. (The rest don't miss out on the disease -- most of them simply don't live long enough to get it.)
If you don't have diabetes yet, it's time to get serious about making sure you don't get it. And if you have it already, it's not too late to take action to save your brain and your life at the same time.
In either case, my answer is the same: a diet rich in animal fats with minimal carbs and zero added sugars.
And for one way to help control blood sugar and prevent diabetes, keep reading.