Mayo Clinic Minute: Is Alzheimer's Type 3 diabetes?

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Nov 3, 2011

What if you could reduce your chances of developing Alzheimer's disease (AD) the same way you can cut your risk of type 2 diabetes: by maintaining a healthy weight and staying active? Intriguing new research from Brown University suggests that AD may actually be a third type of diabetes, joining the insulin- and non-insulin-dependent types.

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Alzheimer's Disease and Diabetes Risk. By looking at postmortem brain tissue from 28 people who'd had AD and 26 who hadn't, they found that insulin levels were five to six times lower in brains affected by AD--a sign of insulin resistance. If brain cells develop insulin resistance, that could explain AD's tangled fibers and plaques, the scientists say.

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