Published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, a recent study at Rhode Island Hospital (RIH) confirms that Alzheimer’s is marked by brain insulin resistance and corresponding inflammation, a condition that some researchers are now referring to as type-3 diabetes.
Dr. Suzanne de la Monte from RIH has found in her research that diabetes is closely associated with several key neuronal factors implicated in dementia. It turns out that Alzheimer’s progresses as a result of the brain developing resistance to insulin, which in turn prevents proper lipid (fat) metabolism. Over time, these lipids build up in the brain rather than properly absorb, which results in increased stress and inflammation, as well as the symptoms commonly associated with dementia.
Since many aged persons diagnosed with Alzheimer’s take statin drugs to lower their cholesterol levels, the first step would be to stop taking these drugs. Not only have statins been shown to cause and exacerbate Alzheimer’s, they have also been shown to cause diabetes. So taking them, as many elderly dementia patients do, runs contrary to common sense, and will only make the problem worse.
The human body needs cholesterol in order to stay healthy. If your cholesterol levels are too high, or if cholesterol is clogging your arteries, it means that your body has an inflammation problem that is preventing the proper absorption and use of cholesterol. Cholesterol is not the problem, in other words — your body’s chronic inflammation is.
Consuming more healthy saturated fats such as coconut oil can not only help repair the inflammation problem that promotes the progression of Alzheimer’s, but it can also increase the absorption of cholesterol in the brain, which in turn promotes healthy neuronal function.
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