Suffering from Alzheimer's Disease? You may be a patient of Type 3 diabetes
Asian News International
Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia and related disorders. A recent study has indicated that those with Type 2 diabetes are 50% to 65% more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease than those with normal blood sugars.
About half of those with Type 2 diabetes will go on to develop Alzheimer's in their lifetime. This disease is now being referred to as Type 3 diabetes.
Alzheimer's is a progressive, degenerative ailment of the brain. What makes this disease so severe is the fact that there is no treatment to cure or slow its progress till date. Even though some medications can temporarily help manage symptoms from worsening, these drugs are effective only for about 6 to 12 months. Its diagnosis can be life changing for not only the patient but also for the whole family. The term Type 3 diabetes reflects the fact that AD represents a form of diabetes that selectively involves the brain and has molecular and biochemical features that overlap with both type 1 diabetes mellitus and T2DM.
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Adding, "Referring to AD as T3DM is justified, because the fundamental molecular and biochemical abnormalities overlap with T1DM and T2DM rather than mimic the effects of either one. Alzheimer's is fast becoming more and more common as the society expands into one of the world's largest and fast-moving industrial giants in the world. Memory loss that accompanies aging doesn't necessarily occur because of age, but because there is not enough exercise for the brain during old age. On World Alzheimer's Day, it is important to raise awareness on the importance of staying active by participating in activities that keep themind and body sharp, as also avoid the possible risk factors by making necessary lifestyle changes."
In those who are in the early stages of Type 3 diabetes, or are at a risk for it, lab tests can indicate elevated blood sugar levels. They are also likely to have one of the warning signs of Alzheimer's disease such as forgetfulness. Some other symptoms of this disease include memory loss that disrupts daily life, challenges in solving problems, confusion in time and place, problems with speaking or writing, poor judgement, withdrawal from social life, and mood changes.
Some tips to reduce the risk of Alzheimer's later in life include the following.
-Maintain a healthy weight.
-Eat mindfully. Include vegetables and fruits; whole grains; fish, lean poultry, tofu, and beans and other legumes as protein sources; and healthy fats in your diet.
-Exercise regularly for about 30 minutes every day as this helps improve blood flow to the brain.
-Keep an eye on important health numbers such as cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure, and blood sugar.
-Exercise the brain through related games such as puzzles, crosswords, memory, and mental activity games. (ANI)