The Diabetes and Alzheimers Link -- What It Means for Your Future

Diabesity Can Lead to Worse Things

Diabetes and Alzheimers Disease now appear to be linked -- as research described in a recent New York Times article tells us. It seems that those with diabetes are roughly twice as likely to develop Alzheimers at some future time.

The importance of this fact for the U.S. health care system has not yet been openly discussed, even as our President and Congress argue about this year's budget deficit. Perhaps it is time to consider the ultimate hidden cost of our government subsidies to the agricultural sector, which have done so much to make food cheap and overconsumption almost unavoidable.

Food subsidies have made empty calories in the form of High Fructose Corn Syrup, Corn Chips, Hamburgers, Chicken and Cheese cheaper than more nutritious foods, so what are the poor going to choose? These empty calories led to obesity, which leads to Type-2 Diabetes -- and only now do we discover there will be a bumper crop of Alzheimer's patients for us all to care for, too!

The evidence that Alzheimers Disease can credibly be called "Diabetes of the Brain" should be viewed as a call to action for those who need to lose some weight. The pounds have a stealthy way of creeping up on us and -- first thing you know it -- we have crossed into official obesity territory.

Once we are obese, the damage to our mental faculties begin slowly. As with many diseases caused by our lifestyle, it may take 20 years for the disease process to become diagnosed -- and by that time significant damage has been done to the incredibly complex workings of our mind.

It is relatively easy to lose enough weight to reverse early pre-diabetic symptoms with a vegan diet. A growing number of doctors have demonstrated proven, predictable, and published success with a low fat, low cholesterol diet, similar to the one that hundreds of millions of Chinese lived on for centuries while building great civilizations.

The hard part for Americans seems to be deciding which diet to choose (this time). Like the U.S. Congress -- dithering on the brink of fiscal calamity -- it seems that most of those who need to lose weight are looking around for the diet (or pill) that promises them fat loss without giving up anything they love.

Haven't they heard that, "You can't get to second base, if you keep one foot on first?"


Dr. Neal Barnard on Type-2 Diabetes

We Need a National Movement To Fight Obesity, Diabetes and Alzheimers Disease

Americans need to unite in a national effort to stop the trend toward obesity. I realize this may not find much support among the general population, but -- if nothing else -- a significant number of thought-leaders need to start an educational campaign to drive home the importance of this new connection of diabetes and Alzheimers and what it will mean for each and every one of us.

I was asked to become my mother's legal guardian when I was 30 years old because of her progression into dementia. My father had died and I was her only child so I understand the weight that Alzheimer's Disease care places on the family. This happened 34 years ago for me, but many of my generation are experiencing it right now.

I've had a lot of time to think about and research the causes of Alzheimer's Disease and the foods that cause it to manifest. The burden this complex disease places on families and on our health care system will be even greater, as many obese diabetics begin to exhibit the characteristic signs of Alzheimer's.

In view of the increase of obesity over the past 40 years -- it has tripled during that time -- those who care about their family, children, and friends should get involved in a constructive campaign to persuade those at risk for obesity to correct their habits of diet and lifestyle. We need to remember it's not merely our loved ones' looks we're fighting to preserve -- it is their very identity and humanity.

We shouldn't sit back and wait for nonprofits or our government to take the lead. Both are in bed with the food industry which has adopted the "profit-at-any-cost" methods of the tobacco industry. The food industry, like the tobacco industry before them, has a lot of money with which to buy friends in Congress and in the non-profit agencies.

Our national media, likewise, are fearful of saying anything too harsh about the packaged food industry. The media are too fearful of losing the precious advertising revenue the industry dispenses like bribes and hush-money.

Read the book, Fast Food Nation, to see how flavors are enhanced and engineered to cause the public to lose the ability to control their appetite. The mental degenerative effects of MSG, artificial sweeteners like Aspartame, and many others (the names keep getting changed to protect the guilty) are another part of this addictive trap the processed food manufacturers have set for us. This process of creating addiction to food is remarkably similar to the practice of the cigarette industry of spiking the nicotine content of their tobacco.

All this withheld information needs to be exposed, but we won't get much help from the official bodies who are our "Food Watchdogs". They have been bought off with cushy jobs when they exit the revolving door at the FDA.

The American Diabetic Association also appears to be swayed by donations from the artificial sweetener lobbyists, and the Dairy Council, and the meat industry. "Why rock the boat?" they seem to think.

If I were you, I'd be fighting mad at what has been done to our food. We, who care, need to educate and motivate our loved ones to avoid walking into a slow-motion disease that sucks its victims in like quicksand.

Trust me when I tell you, there is nothing more heart-breaking than to watch a loved one descend into a sub-human state -- all because of the greed of an industry that is totally unchecked by those who are paid to protect our health.

Don't let the food industry get away with turning your parents, spouse, and children into obese caricatures of their former selves -- and then diabetics -- and finally Alzheimer's victims. Alzheimer's Disease is not a normal part of aging. This is another man-made health crisis and the only ones who can stop it are you and I.

Let's make "Diabetes and Alzheimers" our battle cry in the fight for the health, fitness, and beauty we all were born with.



Some Books to Shed Light On Obesity and Diabetes

The China Study
The China Study

This is the book that influenced President Bill Clinton to become vegan.

 

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Healthyannie 3 years ago from Spain

Great hub about Alzheimer's disease. I have written three Hubs about Alzheimer's disease as I believe this disease has the potential of becoming a major threat to the future health of many people. There are strong genetic links but even if you have the gene there is normally a trigger. Unfortunately I believe it is our modern diet with all its additives.

Artificial sweeteners are responsible for a lot of problems so are all the parabens in our food and hygiene products. Take of your health. voted up and shared. Annie


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Paul Kemp 3 years ago Author

Thank you, Healthyannie. I appreciate your insightful comment. I will read your Hubs.

Have you read Dr. Russell Blaylock's book on Excitotoxins? I agree about the modern diet with all its additives! Cosmetics and personal care products should also be suspect.

Good to have an ally in this fight for our health!


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Healthyannie 3 years ago from Spain

Yes I have read Dr. Blaylock's book and Excitotoxins can cause havoc

with Alzheimer's and so much more. Annie


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Paul Kemp 3 years ago Author

I recall that my mother, during her decline into dementia, loved Cup-a-Soup, which was loaded with MSG. I suspect many seniors use these convenience foods heavily, which contributes to their load of excitotoxins -- and the increasing prevalence of Alzheimer's here. (I tried to talk my mother into eating more healthy foods, but she was very resistant at that point.)


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Healthyannie 3 years ago from Spain

I agree 100%. Also convenience food play havoc with the nervous system and as a lot of seniors do not eat fresh food they also loose out on B vitamins which is crucial for brain health and a healthy nervous system. My husband is extremely allergic to MSG's so anything ready made is off the menu in our house. I strongly believe that foods containing parabens should have health warnings, and so should beauty products. We are being told the sun causes skin cancer, and skincancer is on the increase. Sun tan lotions are full of parabens - they also cause cancer. So who is the culprid? The sun or the parabens? Mmmm ... food for throught. Annie


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Paul Kemp 3 years ago Author

Now scientists are finding that we aren't getting enough Vitamin D, even when we get enough sun exposure. Are the public health authorities stupid...or are they trying to make us sick to create more business for the pharmaceutical makers? One has to wonder sometimes.

I love the sun. I am a native of Florida and I miss the sun, here in rainy Oregon. I plan to relocate to a sunnier clime for health reasons.

I will look into these parabens. I've heard of them, but didn't realize they are in food, too. Thanks for your helpful comment!

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