Ok, we know about Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. But what about type 3 diabetes? Evidently, there has been new research that may substantiate another disease is becoming a problem – now being termed diabetes type 3, which has even more detrimental impacts than Type 2 diabetes.
Type 3 is all about insulin. It comes from resistance to insulin in the cells. So what’s different between the two? The answer is simple: it’s the fact that it primarily affects the brain.
Another interesting tidbit about Type 3 diabetes is the fact that hyperglycemia is not involved (as it is with Type 1 and 2 diabetes). Hyperglycemia, an increase of blood sugar, does not need to be present to have the resulting effect on the brain.
Alzheimer’s disease and Type 3 diabetes are considered one in the same because Type 3 diabetes places deposits of protein in the brain tissue. Of course, further research will be done, but according to several studies in recent years, “Type 3 diabetes” is an accurate name for Alzheimer’s.
The brain and insulin
So you may be thinking, ‘What really goes on with Type 3 diabetes?’ and ‘How does it affect people with Type 2?’. The scary fact is, studies have shown that individuals with insulin resistance, and especially people who already have Type 2 diabetes, are at a much higher risk of developing Type 3 diabetes. The increased chance is from 50% to as much as 65% higher than for people without diabetes.
This also means that Type 3 diabetes is diet induced. More and more evidence is starting to show that the way we eat has a lasting effect on our brain function. It also shows direct ties to the development of Type 3 diabetes or Alzheimer’s.
These findings are scary because, in the United States, nearly a third of the population has either diabetes or pre-diabetes. Clearly, this diabetes is a condition that needs serious consideration! We must do whatever possible to cure the symptoms of diabetes or prevent them in the first place.
Preventing type 3 diabetes
Essentially, from what we know about the disease, Type 3 diabetes can be prevented the same way you prevent the development of Type 2 diabetes. Even more, if you can prevent one from happening, the chances of getting the other are significantly lower.
The internet is full of resources to help get you going from WebMD to focused and doctor approved programs like the Diabetes 60 System.