Recent studies have shown that there is a direct link between diabetes and dementia. In fact, a diet high in fat, sugar, and processed foods can deplete the brain over time. Sugar consumption is so effective in reducing memory and thinking ability that Alzheimer’s researchers call it type 3 diabetes , which is directly related to the type of diet.
Type 1 and 2 diabetes is caused by the body’s resistance to insulin. Type 1 diabetes is a direct result of the body’s inability to produce insulin, and type 2 diabetes is caused by a disorder of insulin receptors over time, mainly due to a sedentary lifestyle and poor diet.
The hormone insulin plays a crucial role in the function of brain cells, and a high-fat, high-calorie diet is effective in brain function and increases the risk of dementia. Studies show that people with diabetes are twice as likely to develop dementia.
Brain cells, like cells in other parts of the body, become resistant to insulin. The main cause of Alzheimer’s disease is the accumulation of beta-amyloid plaques in the brain, one of the most important reasons for its formation is the resistance of cells to insulin.
Researchers have suggested several effective ways to reduce the risk of developing type 3 diabetes, or Alzheimer’s:
Avoid a high-fat, high-calorie diet
The best diet to protect the brain is the Mediterranean diet, which includes healthy fats, fruits, vegetables, nuts and fish.
Deal with chronic stress
A stressful life is the biggest possible crime against the brain. It causes telomere shortening and premature aging of cells and the brain. In addition, stress-releasing hormones damage the brain.
Get enough sleep
Lack of sleep over time reduces brain volume and causes Alzheimer’s. Sleep is the most important process in which brain cells regenerate.
Do not make the brain lazy
Studying, brain teasers, learning a new language, memorizing poems, and generally activities that activate the brain are essential for brain health.
Do not live near highways and busy streets
Air pollution is the most important cause of premature aging of the brain. Research shows that living near highways and busy streets causes the accumulation of pollution in the lungs and blood, which increases the risk of a type of brain injury called a silent stroke. In addition, air pollution reduces brain volume over time and is the most important sign of premature brain aging.
And one last tip: Avoid smoking and alcohol