What is Type 3 Diabetes?

November 21st, 2017

What is Type 3 Diabetes?


by Miranda Murray

Is “type 3 diabetes” real?  What is it?  More and more studies are finding a link between diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.  Type 3 Diabetes, or “brain diabetes” is a result of insulin resistance in the brain.  Alzheimer’s disease is a “progressive disease that destroys memory and other important mental functions.”

High blood sugar levels, like those found in type 2 diabetes, leads to inflammation throughout the body and brain.  This type of chronic inflammation has been linked to toxic protein deposits and abnormalities in the brain…staples of Alzheimer’s disease.

What’s more, insulin resistance can impair blood flow to the brain, resulting in brain cells receiving insufficient oxygen and nutrients to function properly.

Patients who have type 2 diabetes have up to 65% increased chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease, or type 3 diabetes.  That being said, it’s not a given; there is no guarantee that just because one has type 2 diabetes that they will develop this.  Other risk factors include obesity, sleep apnea or if a parent or sibling has developed Alzheimer’s or dementia.

The good news is, a person’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease is cut in half with the proper lifestyle changes.  Taking necessary steps to controlling diabetes with medication, the right diet and physical activity can help to reduce your risk of developing any form of cognitive impairment.

  1. Healthy diet – Participating in a diet that contains anti-inflammatory foods, such as leafy green vegetables, beets, and salmon, will have a positive effect throughout the body and the brain.  Also, a ketogenic diet is highly recommended for diabetics!  It consists of high fat, low carb foods.
  2. Regular exercise – We all know about this one.  It’s no secret that we should all be participating in some form of physical activity every week.  The positive benefits are endless and the effects exercise has on your brain is no different!  The American Diabetes Association recommends 30 minutes of moderate exercise at least 5 times a week (this is equivalent to a fast-paced walk.)  In addition, it’s also recommended to perform at least 2 strength training sessions a week.  This combination of aerobic and strength training will boost circulation throughout your body and brain while boosting insulin sensitivity and lowing blood sugar.  It’s a win-win-win.
  3. Maintaining control of blood sugar levels – Be sure to follow your doctor’s advice when it comes to diabetic medication compliance and blood sugar monitoring.
  4. Managing a healthy body weight – Dangerous visceral fat, or deep-set belly fat, can cause obesity.  As stated previously, obesity can lead to Alzheimer’s disease.  This fat that is stored around your internal organs can cause inflammation; be sure to try to maintain a healthy body weight by making healthy lifestyle choices.

Among these key healthy practices, don’t forget to stay sharp!  Get enough sleep, meditate and relieve stress, and/or play some brain games!

Dr. Gary Small, a psychiatry professor at the UCLA Semel Institute says, “it’s easier to protect a healthy brain than to try to repair damage.”

In conclusion, type 3 diabetes is a very real danger.  Take the steps to doubly protect your body and brain health.


*I am not a doctor, nutritionist or scientist but I have spent the past 4 years soaking up information I’ve gathered through various websites, by attending numerous informational meetings and working with nutritionists and fitness trainers. 

Sources: dlife, Google, Diabetes.Co.Uk

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