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Archive for July, 2011

Is Alzheimer’s Disease related to Type II Diabetes? Part 1

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Unfortunately the answer to that question is – Yes.  At least two very highly regarded researchers have found the link between Alzheimer’s and Type II Diabetes.  Does that mean that if you have type 2 Diabetes you will automatically get Alzheimer’s? NO.  However, statistically the numbers show a great intermingling between Alzheimer’s and type 2 Diabetes.  Researchers have found in the early stages of Alzheimer’s Disease the brain becomes resistant to insulin.  Then, as with type 2 Diabetes, the body decreases the ability to pick up sugar from the blood.  The pancreas will then increase the amount of insulin to encourage the body to pick up the sugar.  This higher level of insulin damages the blood vessels in various areas of the body including the brain.  This in turn leads to poor brain circulation.  In Alzheimer’s Disease the brain cells important for communication and memory tasks are not stimulated, shrink, and become non-functional.  Like all diseases there can be heredity factor involved, but the projected increase by researchers show that it is not just heredity.  Unless large changes in our lifestyle occur it is projected that Alzheimer’s will quadruple worldwide.

To be continued…..

Disruption of Bacteria in the Intestine connected to Negative Behavior

Monday, July 11th, 2011

In prior Blogs I noted the connection between Autism, ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and problems in the stomach and intestine (Gut area).  Just this last May 2011, researchers have conclusively proved that an imbalance of the bacteria in the gut can affect behavior.  Not just any behavior but lack of caution and anxiety.  This new research found that infection in the gut and use of antibiotics severely affected the fragile balance of millions of bacteria in the stomach and intestine.  This imbalance in the gut caused neurotrophic factors and other brain chemicals to decrease leading to negative behavior.   If the medication doesn’t work, what does?  The results of this research has researchers investigating the potential of therapeutic probiotic products as treatment.  An example would be bacteria found in yogurt.  This research also seems to support the prior research that a change in diet for Autism and ADHD children will help behavior.  Instead of accepting medication and antibiotics as treatment, it is time to research the cause.  Medications and antibiotics many not help as once thought, but rather compound the problem.