Introduction to The Diabetic Brain Podcast Series
Have you ever heard Alzheimer’s disease referred to as “type 3 diabetes?” Most haven’t, yet intensive research over the last 10 years has established the brain insulin resistance model to the incidence and prevalence of Alzheimer’s. Understanding this link may empower you or your loved ones who may be at risk to prevent dementia.
Over the last 15 years I’ve devoted much of my career to the field of Alzheimer’s disease research. When this personal journey started I became preoccupied by that fact that compelling research exists that the public is largely unaware of; particularly the model of Alzheimer’s as a type 3 diabetes and how this understanding may help us preserve our cognitive functioning throughout the aging process.
In this 3-part podcast series my intention bring this research from the medical community into the mainstream and share the vital information that could be life-changing for those at risk for developing vascular dementia and/or late onset-Alzheimer’s disease . It became the driving force behind my upcoming book ‘The Diabetic Brain.”
Note: the first chapter is available via a free download
The Diabetic Brain–Chapter 1 Preview #1
In this podcast I share a little of “My Story” which is the preface to the ebook, The Diabetic Brain. Early on in my integrative health care practice I became aware that my personal health history included several well known risk factors associated with dementia.
That insight was in part the impetus for an intensive examination of the associated risk factors and pathomechanisms linked to dementia disorders and that many of these risk factors were modifiable.
- The difference between what is accepted as normal age associated cognitive impairment and what may represent a cognitive impairment that is a possible trajectory toward the progression to a dementia disorder
- The ApoE4 genetic variant as the prime genetic risk factor for late onset-Alzheimer’s disease
- The term type 3 diabetes— I define the term and what it represents and why it is critically important in the area of Alzheimer’s risk and prevention.
The Diabetic Brain–Chapter 1 Preview #2
This podcast will delve more deeply into the type 3 diabetes model of late onset-Alzheimer’s disease as a cerebral insulin resistance and how it is linked to cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.
- What is vascular dementia and how it is different than dementia of Alzheimer’s disease
- The early stage of Alzheimer’s disease as it is represented in insulin dysfunction at the synapse
- Mild Cognitive Impairment as the prodromal stage of Alzheimer’s disease
- The use of biomarkers as a window into assessing your risk for insulin resistance and Alzheimer’s disease
The Diabetic Brain–Chapter 1 Preview #3
This third in The Diabetic Brain Podcast series will cover the association of chronic inflammation and oxidative stress to the primary underlying mechanisms that both are causative factors and prime features associated with cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.
- What is chronic inflammation and why it is a key factor in chronic degenerative diseases associated with aging and neurological disease
- What is oxidative stress and how it is related to chronic inflammation and one’s risk for diseases associated with aging
- Key nutrients and dietary patterns that are important anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agents for protecting our brains