A New Type of Diabetes: Type 3 or ‘Brain Diabetes’
A New Type of Diabetes: Type 3 or ‘Brain Diabetes’
(adapted from Dr. Joe Mercola. Check out www.mercola.com)
The cause of the debilitating, and fatal, brain disease Alzheimer’s is conventionally said to be a mystery. While we know that certain diseases, like type 2 diabetes, are definitively connected to the foods you eat, Alzheimer’s is generally thought to strike without warning or reason. That is, until recently.
Now, a growing body of research suggests there may be a powerful connection between the foods you eat and your risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, via similar pathways that cause type 2 diabetes. Some have even re-named Alzheimer’s as “type 3 diabetes.”
It’s becoming increasingly clear that the same pathological process that leads to insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes may also hold true for your brain. As you over-indulge on sugar and grains, your brain becomes overwhelmed by the consistently high levels of glucose and insulin that blunts its insulin signaling, leading to impairments in your thinking and memory abilities, eventually causing permanent brain damage.
The most recent data, reveals that, between 2001 and 2009, incidence of type 1 diabetes among children under the age of 19 rose by 21 percent. Incidence of type 2 diabetes among children aged 10-19 rose by 30 percent during that same timeframe! Conventional medicine has type 2 diabetes pegged as a problem with blood sugar rather than the underlying problem of improper insulin and leptin signaling. The reality is that diabetes is a disease rooted in insulin resistance and perhaps more importantly, a malfunction of leptin signaling, caused by chronically elevated insulin and leptin levels.
This is why the medical community’s approach to its treatment is not getting anywhere. Treating type 2 diabetes with insulin is actually one of the worst things you can do. Recent research has come to the conclusion that treating type 2 diabetes with insulin can lead further to the development of type 1 diabetes.
Perhaps the most important piece of news when it comes to diabetes is this: You can put your genes on the Advanced Nutrition Plans of Maximized Living and program them for reversing diabetes and gaining your health.
Yes, you read that right. You can’t swap out the genes you have inherited, but you can literally reprogram your genes to help you get healthy. How? That’s easy: Through your lifestyle. You see, food contains not just calories or energy to fuel our cells; food contains information. It is the control mechanism that regulates almost every chemical reaction in our bodies by communicating instructions to our genes, telling them whether to gain or lose weight, and to turn on the disease-creating or health-promoting genes.
Lowering Blood Sugar is Not the Correct Strategy to Overcome Type 2 Diabetes
Diabetes is not a blood sugar disease. So, drugs that focus on the symptom of elevated blood sugar (Metformin), rather than addressing the underlying cause, are doomed to fail in most cases. Rather, type 2 diabetes is a disease caused by insulin resistance and faulty leptin signaling (leptin is a hormone produced in your fat cells), both of which are regulated through your diet.
Please don’t let anyone tell you that type 2 diabetes has no cure, as this is not true. Type 2 diabetes is not terminal; you don’t have to live with it forever! Nearly 100 percent of type 2 diabetics can be reversed if you are willing to implement the lifestyle changes discussed on the next page. These same changes will also drastically reduce your risk of the most disease processed, so you can avoid developing them in the first place.
Top 10 Guidelines for Preventing and Reversing Type 2 Diabetes
Following these simple guidelines can help you do at least three things that are essential for successfully treating diabetes: recover your insulin/leptin sensitivity; help normalize your weight; and naturally normalize your blood pressure:
- Severely limit or eliminate grains and sugar from your diet, especially fructose which is far more detrimental than any other type of sugar. This is extremely important! Drinking just one sweetened drink a day can raise your diabetes risk by 25 percentcompared to drinking one sugary drink per month, so you really need to evaluate your diet and look for hidden sources of sugar.
- Following the Advanced Plan of Maximized Living. It’s important to realize that while nearly all type 2 diabetics need to swap out their grains for other foods, some will benefit from using protein for the substitution, while others will benefit from using more vegetable-only carbohydrates.
- Exercise is an absolutely essential factor, without which you’re highly unlikely to get this devastating disease under control. It is clearly one of the most potent ways to lower your insulin and leptin resistance. Make sure to incorporate high-intensity sprint-type exercises. These types of exercises boost fat loss, promote muscle building, and make your body produce human growth hormone (HGH) naturally. Typically, you’ll need large amounts of exercise until you get your blood sugar levels under control. You may need up to an hour or two a day. Naturally, you’ll want to gradually work your way up to that amount. Start with MaxT3 twice per day and increase intensity daily.
- Avoid trans fatsas they will actually worsen insulin resistance.
- Consume saturated fats, such as grass-fed organic meat, raw dairy products, avocados, and coconut oil. These saturated fats provide a concentrated source of energy along with the building blocks for cell membranes and a variety of hormones and hormone-like substances.
- Get plenty of omega-3 fats from a high quality, animal-based source or from a high-quality supplement.
- Monitor your fasting insulin level.This is every bit as important as your fasting blood sugar. You’ll want your fasting insulin level to be between 2 to 4. The higher your level, the worse your insulin receptor sensitivity is. The recommendations mentioned above are the key steps you need to achieve this reduction.
- Get enough high-quality sleepevery night.
- Optimize your vitamin D levels. Maintaining your vitamin D levels around 60-80 ng/ml can significantly help control your blood sugar. Make sure you also consume probiotics as probiotics help vitamin D absorption and also normalize gut flora levels.
- Balance the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system. Sympathetic dominance (fight or flight response) will result in an increase in stress hormones such as cortisol which can lead to cortisol-induced insulin resistance. Regular chiropractic adjustments help balance your nervous system and allow your body to properly adapt to stress.