Over the past several years I have been writing about the detrimental effects of type 2 diabetes on brain health. For example, we’ve seen an extensive amount of research published that shows a strong relationship between even subtle elevations of blood sugar and future risk for Alzheimer’s disease. In addition, we know that elevation of blood sugar is related to a reduction in size of the brain’s memory center, the hippocampus. As it turns out, this reduction is correlated with both a decline in cognitive function as well as mood disorders. Continue reading
Recent reports continue to find an adverse relationship between Type 2 diabetes and the risk of Alzheimer’s, with diabetes shown to increase the risk of an Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis.
In light of this, it would make sense that we do everything we can to prevent the development of diabetes in our own bodies. That’s why it’s troubling to hear about new research that demonstrates that one of the most commonly prescribed classes of medications, statin drugs (used to lower cholesterol), has a profound impact on the chance that someone could develop Type 2 diabetes. Let’s dive into this research today.
And once you’re down, hope over to the Articles section of my website, where you can find some links to more of my writings about statin drugs.
On today’s program, you’ll discover that diabetes may be reversible by means of nutritional interventions. My guest is Dr. Sarah Hallberg, a strong proponent of a very low-carbohydrate approach, not just for diabetes, but for weight loss and even for the improvement of cardiometabolic risk markers. With her organization, Virta Health, she just released a landmark study on this very subject.
Dr. Hallberg once gave a terrific TEDx talk that’s worth watching after our interview. She’s the medical director and founder of the Indiana University-Arnett Health Medical Weight Loss Program and will discuss her ongoing research on today’s episode of the Empowering Neurologist.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than a quarter billion courses of antibiotics are dispensed to outpatients in America each year. That means that five out of every six people, on average, are getting a prescription for an antibiotic. The CDC tells us:
At least 30% of antibiotics prescribed in the outpatient setting are unnecessary, meaning that no antibiotic was needed at all.
There are many reasons for concern as it relates to the overuse and inappropriate use of antibiotics. Creating antibiotic-resistant organisms is a major global issue. In addition, new research indicates that antibiotic exposure may significantly increase the risk for obesity, as well as type II diabetes. Continue reading
Diet books, as a category, are among the most popular titles sold in bookstores, and with good reason. With soaring rates of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and other chronic conditions, and an overall lack of any meaningful “medical” fixes for these issues, consumers are desperately seeking out other venues that may provide answers and actionable information to combat these common maladies.
But whether a nutritionally-themed book is focused on blood type, targeting gene expression, lengthening telomeres, or even going gluten-free, one central theme that has emerged with widespread commonality is the importance of reducing sugar.
Over a period of twenty years, and seventeen doctors, I sought in vain to find help for chronic diarrhea and severe joint pain. Along the way I could only find partial relief through medications that caused numerous side effects. No MD ever tested me for allergies. Then my feet went completely numb. When I asked the neurologist why (since I did not have diabetes), he told me at least 40% of people never discovered why they have peripheral neuropathy.
Then came the MIRACLE of Grain Brain and Wheat Belly. After only two weeks of being grain-free, I had feeling back in my feet, no more joint pain, and my diarrhea was much improved. Invigorated, I searched until I found a marvelous integrative medical doctor who used the Cyrex Lab tests, for food allergies, that Dr. Perlmutter had written about. Testing proved that I am severely allergic to all dairy and grapes! Now, at the age of 83, with no joint pain or diarrhea, and feet that want to dance, I have been reborn!
There’s so much in the news these days calling attention to the fact that diabetes is associated with a profoundly increased risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, just watch my recent interview with Dr. Melissa Schilling on the subject.
But there’s an important point that is absolutely critical to understand. While it seems like a good idea for diabetic patients to take medication to control blood sugar, the research seems to indicate that diabetics taking these drugs do not improve their situation, in terms of lowering their risk for Alzheimer’s.
To be clear, I am not saying that diabetics shouldn’t take their blood sugar medications. But I am saying that this looks like this one very important issue, your risk of developing Alzheimer’s, is not improved by medications designed to help normalize blood sugar. Continue reading