Type 2 Diabetes – Is There a Connection Between Alzheimer’s and Diabetes?

Worldwide, at least 44 million people are living with one of the dementias. Sadly Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia in the elderly. It is not a mental illness but it brings about symptoms related to mental health. Symptoms such as…

  • depression,
  • anxiety,
  • agitation, and
  • hallucinations.

We all hope and pray we can avoid developing this disease, but if you or loved one is having any of these symptoms, it may be helpful to have a medical evaluation.

When our memory declines, sadly our quality of life is affected but yet; many people are not putting enough stock into taking care of their mental health. While this by no means downplays the importance of having a lifestyle plan that helps you to control your blood sugar level and body weight, you also do need to take care of the other areas of your body.

Recent breakthrough studies have revealed insulin is produced by the brain, not just the pancreas. Perhaps this validates the connection between impaired sugar metabolism and sluggish thinking. As a person with Type 2 diabetes become more insulin resistant, blood sugar and insulin levels in the bloodstream rise, but insulin in the brain lowers to below an average level. Then lower than normal signaling and transmission of brain chemicals start to be affected.

When you have trouble remembering where you put your keys this morning, or you cannot for the life of you remember the name of the person you talked to last week, you may wonder if this should be a concern. Could you be headed down a path to Alzheimer’s?

Here’s what to know…

What Is A Concern, What Is Not? The good news is if you have often forgotten where you left your keys, it probably is forgetfulness. It hasn’t been a recent development. If, on the other hand, you are doing something different – say you always drive one way to work but one morning forget how to get there, that becomes a cause for concern.

Often, in those who are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, it is not themselves who are aware of their behavior. Instead, it is those around them. They notice their behavior patterns are different and that is what helps gives it away.

What To Do If You Think You Are Suffering. If you do feel like you may be suffering from Alzheimer’s disease the most crucial step you can take is to seek help early. By doing so, you can be prescribed medications to help slow down the progression of the disease.

Alzheimer’s dementia is manageable to some degree and the sooner you start managing it, the better your overall quality of life will be.

There you have a little information about memory loss and Alzheimer’s.While there is a connection, it is not always what it seems.