insulin resistance

  1. How diabetes can turn into dementia

    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.

  2. Carbs in new dementia link

    How a high-carb diet can rot your mind

    Pop quiz time: What's the fattest organ in your body?

    No, it's not your stomach. When your belly bulges, that's fat building up around the organ -- not in it. Your brain, on the other hand, is 60 percent fat -- and it needs more all the time to thrive.

    That's why a diet rich in animal fats can lift your mood and memory -- and that's also why a carb-heavy low-fat diet will rot your skull like a leftover Halloween pumpkin.

    Need proof? Seniors who eat the most carbs don't just have a higher risk of mild cognitive impairment. They have QUADRUPLE the risk, according to the latest research from the Mayo Clinic.

    So ditch the potatoes -- but keep the steak, because the study of more than 1,200 70- and 80-somethings confirms that a high-fat diet can slash your risk of that cognitive impairment by 42 percent, while a high-protein diet will cut that risk by more than a fifth.

    Cognitive impairment is more than just the first warning sign of potential dementia and Alzheimer's disease kicking in. It's often the ONLY warning sign -- so avoiding it is critical.

    And avoiding it clearly means limiting your carb intake.

    That's because carbs cause your blood sugar levels to spike, ultimately leading to insulin resistance. You know what comes next: diabetes. But most people don't realize that insulin resistance can also damage blood vessels in the brain and even cause the buildup of the beta-amyloid plaques responsible for dementia.

    I've said this all along, but scientists are just starting to put two and two together here -- and some of them, even mainstream experts, now say it's time to stop using the terms "dementia" and "Alzheimer's disease" and call this brain-waste what it really is: type 3 diabetes.

    I'll have so much more on this in the December issue of my Douglass Report newsletter. If you're already a subscriber, it'll be in your mailbox in just a few weeks.

    And if you're not, sign up here and make sure you don't miss a breakthrough.

  3. Wine can keep blood sugar under control

    Wine and other alcoholic beverages can help reduce insulin resistance by up to 30 percent, according to a new study.
  4. Waist size can predict diabetes risk better than BMI

    Your weight isn't your only diabetes risk factor -- your waistline is even more important, especially if you're not obese. Here are the numbers you need to know.
  5. Vitamin D slashes heart risk

    If you're battling metabolic syndrome, make sure you raise your D levels -- because the sunshine vitamin can slash your risk of death by heart disease.
  6. Exercises in futility

    A slew of new studies is pumping all my favorite exercise myths -- and rather than go after them one at a time, I'm going to take them all on at once, right here, with one hand tied behind my back (you'll have to trust me on that last bit).
  7. Diet soda in new disease link

    And they have the nerve to call it "diet" soda? It must be a diet straight out of you-know-where -- because new studies find yet again that guzzling this junk will cause your belly bulge and send you hurtling down the path towards diabetes. But that's not CO2 in your growing gut -- that's plain old fat, and it's being...
  8. Resveratrol might help diabetics

    Hungarian researchers recruited 19 type-2 diabetics and randomly assigned them to either 10 mg of resveratrol a day (in a supplement, not a wine glass), or a placebo, for four weeks. One month later, those who got the wine nutrient showed a significant decrease in insulin resistance.
  9. New coconut oil study shows us who the real nuts are

    It's taken a while, but mainstream research is finally starting to catch on to the health benefits of coconut oil – even if they still can't quite put two and two together, as usual.

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