A growing body of scientific evidence supports the notion that diets high in fat and sugar may not only trigger obesity and diabetes, but may result in the development of Alzheimer’s disease as well. New Scientist magazine recently published a substantial amount of information tying the brain disease to metabolism and lack of insulin production, prompting scientists to rename it type 3 diabetes. In one study, researchers found that insulin-growth factors were much lower in the brains of patients who had died from the disease (insulin in the brain affects the growth, survival, and regulation of signal transmissions from nerves). Roughly 35 million people suffer from Alzheimer’s disease worldwide, a number set to increase to 100 million by 2050.
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