I hope many of you got to see some of the 14 episodes that I mentioned in the last post “Awakening from Alzheimer’s” before they went off at 12:00 midnight last night. All of the episodes were great, but Episode 6 explained why Alzheimer’s is often called type 3 diabetes. They were saying the brain runs on glucose, and in alzheimer’s patients there is an insulin deficiency/insulin resistance in the brain. Glucose needs insulin to get into cells of the body. In the brain insulin releases these glucose transporters that help glucose get in the brain. If you can’t get glucose into brain cells, the cells die.
Excessive sugar in the diet is the problem. In the eaarly 1800’s a person might have eaten 6 lbs. of sugar a year, but today with the average American diet, we eat over 130 lbs. a year. If your brain is not processing glucose well, coconut oil and MCT oil will help your brain produce an alternative fuel, ketones.
I could go on and on with the science details that I learned from these webinars because I find them so interesting, but suffice it to say our diets, along with lifestyle changes, are main criteria in overall health, and now they are finding out especially in neurological disorders. Sad to say, most medical doctors have very little training in nutrition.