New York Times food writer and health advocate Mark Bittman reports that since 2005, it’s been widely suspected that Alzheimer’s is actually just “Type 3 diabetes”. But findings from recent studies also suggest that like other forms of diabetes, this “brain disease” could be controllable through better food choices.
There are currently two main types of diabetes, according to the Times. Type 1 usually develops in childhood, has no known cause and accounts for about ten percent of all cases. But Type 2 is diet-induced and is caused by ingesting large quantities of hyperprocessed foods. It used to be called “adult-onset diabetes” until it became prevalent in children who ate that same sugary, nitrate-laden diet.
In 2005, the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease published a study which found that Alzheimer’s patients exhibited similar abnormalities in insulin as other diabetics, The Huffington Post reports. And recently, an article published in New Scientist, gives greater sway to the argument that like Type 2 diabetes, the brain disorder could be controlled through better food choices that keep insulin levels steady