Is Alzheimer’s Type 3 Diabetes?

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Most people are familiar with Type I and Type II diabetes. Type I is an auto immune condition (less than 5% of all diabetics) where the body cannot produce insulin. Type II is caused by the deterioration of the body’s insulin receptors. It is developed primarily from an unhealthy lifestyle and affects over 26 million in this country.
Estimates suggest that in the U.S., Alzheimer’s disease (AD) affects 12 percent of people over age 65 and nearly 50 percent of those over 85, with predictions for this to include 16 million people by 2050. National healthcare costs associated with AD are expected to surpass one trillion dollars by mid-century.
Studies began to appear in 2005 that revealed a shocking correlation between insulin and brain cell deterioration. These studies showed that people who have insulin resistance or Type II diabetes have an increased risk of suffering from AD estimated between 50% and 65% higher.
The researchers found that many Type II diabetics have deposits of a protein called amyloid in their pancreas which is similar to the protein deposits found in the brain tissues of Alzheimer’s patients.
Diabetes causes complications too numerous to mention, but they include heart disease, which remains our No. 1 killer . And when the cells in your brain become insulin-resistant, you start to lose memory and become disoriented. You even might lose aspects of your personality.
In short, it appears, you develop Alzheimer’s.
Let’s connect the dots: We know that the American diet is a fast track not only to obesity but to Type 2 diabetes and other preventable, non-communicable diseases, which now account for more deaths worldwide than all other causes combined.
We also already know that people with diabetes are at least twice as likely to get Alzheimer’s, and that obesity alone increases the risk of impaired brain function.
What’s new is the thought that while diabetes doesn’t “cause” Alzheimer’s, they have the same root: an over consumption of those “foods” that mess with insulin’s many roles.
If the rate of Alzheimer’s rises in lockstep with Type 2 diabetes, which has nearly tripled in the United States in the last 40 years, we will shortly see a devastatingly high percentage of our population with not only failing bodies but brains. Even for the lucky ones this is terrible news, because 5.4 million Americans have the disease, the care for which — along with other dementias — will cost around $200 billion this year.
This link between diet and dementia negates our notion of Alzheimer’s as a condition that befalls us by chance. Adopting a sane diet, a diet contrary to the standard American diet, would appear to give you a far better shot at avoiding diabetes in all of its forms, along with its dreaded complications.

Does eating fat mean being fat?

Everyone knows we are to consume proteins, carbs and fats to maintain a healthy diet. What few people know is in what ratio does this need to be? What kind of carbs? And what kind of fats? We are going to skip right over the protein and focus in on carbs and fats.

There is enough scientific evidence out there and most all know that “trans fats” are linked to a whole slew of chronic diseases and that they are toxic to the body. But what about the “good” fats? Are all fats created equal? We can survive on almost no carbohydrates for a very long time since the liver can convert if and when needed. But we cannot go long without fat. The problem is that most people equate eating fats to being fat. This is the farthest thing from the truth. Obesity and its metabolic consequences has almost nothing to do with dietary fat and almost everything to do with carb addiction.

The same is true about cholesterol. There are plenty of studies out there saying that eating a high dietary cholesterol diet has no impact on our actual cholesterol levels. The correlation between high cholesterol and increased chance of cardiac risk has been proven over and over again in studies that this just is not true. One of the biggest heart studies ever done called the Framington Heart Study, which was published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, published research for the Mayo Clinic revealing that older people who eat fill their plates with carbohydrates have nearly a four times risk of developing mild cognitive impairment which is generally considered a precursor to Alzheimer’s disease. What was even more interesting was the fact that those whose diets were highest in healthy fats were 42% less likely to have cognitive impairment. Those who had the highest intake of protein from healthy food sources had a 21% reduced risk.

Another study done published in the American Journal of Epidemiology in 2006 showed that the higher serum levels of total cholesterol were associated with a significantly decreased risk in Parkinson’s disease. In 2008, published in the journal Movement Disorders, showed that people with the lowest LDL (so called bad cholesterol), were at increased risk for Parkinson’s by approximately 350%!

There is plenty of information and research out there now that tells us that good fats are good for us! If we want to become healthy, we need to take this into consideration. And since your brain is composed of about 60% fat, it will thank you.

7 Ways to Naturally Strengthen Your Immune System

Our immune systems are under constant attack.  It is continuously doing all it can to keep bend or chiropractorour bodies as healthy as possible.  Constant daily stressors can weaken it over time if the stressors are not dealt with.  Here are some things that you can do to strengthen and enhance your immune system

  • Reduce or better yet avoid sugar and grains.  They can unbalance your gut flora and increase the growth of bad bacteria (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth or SIBA), yeast and fungi.
  • Get 15 minutes of unprotected (no sunscreen) sun exposure daily.  The sun helps produce Vitamin D which can super charge your immune system.  Sunscreen will block the absorption.
  • Get 8 hours of sleep a night.  Melatonin is produced at night while we sleep and this repairs your body and helps it recover faster.
  • Exercise at least 30 minutes every day.  This will trigger a rise in specific immune system cells which increases your immune resistance.
  • Manage your daily stress and how you react to situations out of your control.  Stress can dramatically weaken your immune system.
  • Be careful with your diet.  Dieting decreases the function of your body’s natural killer cells which in turn will weaken your immune system.
  • Laugh.  Studies show that people who lack humor in their lives have a weaker immune response.

Weighty Issues

The 5 Pillars of Weight Loss

There are many programs out there when it comes to losing weight. While these programs have something to offer, they only hit one or two of what I call the 5 pillars of weight loss. In order for a weight loss program to be healthy and complete, it must contain all five of the following:                                                                     pillars

1-      Gut health and immune system function

2-      Brain health

3-      Blood sugar balance

4-      Hormone balance

5-      A positive mental attitude

1- Lets talk about your gut and immune system function. This is the most important factor in weight loss. Your immune system is the system designed to keep you from getting sick. 70-80% of your immune system lines the hollow tube known as your gastro intestinal tract (GI). The body is designed this way because of pathogens found in food. Whenever food is put in your mouth, the immune system is challenged.

Our lifestyles are toxic to our gastrointestinal tract! The Standard American Diet (SAD), undiagnosed food sensitivities, high stress lifestyle, over use of prescription and non- prescription drugs, and chemical stress all erode the lining of your GI. Once this happens, undigested foods cross the GI barrier and enter the blood stream directly. Once in the blood stream, two things happen: nutrients are lost, and the immune system mounts an inflammatory attack which travels to all systems of your body. This is the root of all auto immune and chronic conditions! If the proper nutrients aren’t achieved from food, your body goes into starvation mode causing it to pack away every nutrient it can for a rainy day.

So how do we address this issue? Being tested properly for food sensitivities, especially gluten (a protein found in wheat) and dairy, intestinal pathogens, and a proper metabolic work up to address other nutrient deficiencies is the first step. The gut must also be treated with an anti-inflammatory diet, including quality meats, whole fruits, and vegetables, while avoiding all grains, and proper supplementation to allow the gut to heal. Seek out a qualified provider like myself, who is trained in functional nutrition to determine how long this may take.

2- So what does brain health have to do with this? Everything! Think of it this way. The brain uses roughly 30% of all the nutrition consumed. If blood sugar (glucose) levels fall out of a functional range, brain cells die. If you don’t believe me, try fasting for 24 hours without being grumpy or having brain fog. Your brain knows what’s at stake. Therefore it dedicates an entire lobe to the health of your gut. It’s called the insular lobe. Having a healthy brain is dependent on a healthy gut and vice versa.

3- Blood sugar balance is crucial for a variety of reasons. The most obvious reason is that excess sugar is turned into fat. Less obvious are the effects of blood sugar and insulin on brain pathways. Each time insulin surges up or down, inflammation occurs causing brain cells die. The functional ranges for fasting glucose are between 85 and 99. Anything above 99 is considered hyperglycemia. Anything below 85 is considered hypoglycemia. Anytime blood sugar falls outside of those ranges, brain cells die. What’s the result of this? The gut is compromised sending us back to #1 on our list.

4- Hormones play a crucial role in the puzzle. It’s important to note that testosterone has a neuro-protective role in the male brain and estrogen has a neuro-protective role in the female brain. Fluctuations in these levels cause brain and gut inflammation and can cause you to gain weight.

5- Having a positive mental attitude seals the deal. As you go through this process, surround yourself with positive people. Your inner world creates your outer world. Those around you can help keep your inner world on track. I highly recommend that you work with someone like myself to help encourage and keep you going through this process!

Have You Seen My Keys?

Do you have to use another phone to call yours to locate it? Are you addicted to post it notes? Do you walk into a room and wonder why you came in there? Though it may seem funny at first, after a while it can lead to frustration and concern. If these things happen to you on a regular basis you may have signs of brain fog or a failing memory. Some people feel as if they can’t think as clearly as they used to or say that they just don’t feel right. Brain fog or memory loss is a complaint that I see on a regular basis. It might not be the primary reason that someone sees me but more often than not, they have it.

Brain fog left unattended can lead to more significant problems. Studies are showing that brain fog or neuroinflammation can lead to more serious neurodegenerative disorders such as MS, Alzheimer’s and ALS.

Currently there are no tests to diagnose brain fog and is associated with other conditions. People who suffer from it mostly complain of lack of mental clarity, difficulty with numbers (simple math or phone numbers) and mild memory loss.

I usually see these symptoms associated with thyroid conditions, chronic pain, fibromyalgia or other chronic conditions. One of the primary causes for this is inflammation. Inflammation can have devastating effects on the body or one’s overall health. It is not only important to rid the body of the inflammation but also to find the source or sources.

So let’s look at where inflammation can come from. So here is a list in no particular order:

  • Adrenal fatigue  – The adrenal glands fail to produce key hormones that effectively regulate the body’s stress response. As a result, adrenal fatigue syndrome can cause brain fog symptoms due to the body’s inability to handle stress effectively.
  • Insomnia – Sleep is crucial for optimal brain function. This is related with adrenal fatigue. If there is an abnormal cortisol/melatonin circadian rhythm, one’s sleep pattern will be altered. These people either have trouble falling asleep or wake up at night (primarily between 1am-3am) or both.
  • Nutritional deficiencies – Nutritional deficiencies can affect brain function, due to a lack of nutrients necessary for optimal brain function. Deficiencies of magnesium, vitamin B-12, and amino acids can cause significant brain impairment such as lack of concentration, short-term memory loss, attention deficit, and spaciness (or lack of focus).
  • Candidiasis – Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) can cause depression, anxiety, sudden mood swings, lack of concentration, headaches, drowsiness, and/or fatigue.
  • Chronic viral/bacterial infections – either clinical or subclinical infections can significantly disrupt thinking and mood. I see plenty of people with subclinical infections.
  • Heavy metal toxicity – The most common heavy metals that humans are exposed to are aluminum, arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury. These often accumulate in brain tissue and are difficult to excrete in many cases. Some people—especially those who suffer from chronic conditions—cannot excrete neurotoxic heavy metals efficiently and a build-up occurs, causing brain fog symptoms.
  • Reduced blood flow to the brain due to circulatory problems – Lack of blood flow to the brain disrupts brain function. Thick blood can also slow down blood flow to the brain, causing brain dysfunction.
  • Blood sugar issues  – if someone has abnormal blood sugar levels, either high or low (hypoglycemia or diabetes), either one can cause symptoms such as depression, anxiety, fatigue, and clouded thinking.
  • Food intolerances  – Many patients have food intolerances find that their brain function often suffers as a result.
  • Leaky gut  – When the gut becomes more permeable due to inflammation, larger particles can escape into the bloodstream and may pass the blood brain barrier, causing a wide variety of mental symptoms such as mood disturbance, depression, anxiety, fatigue, lack of concentration and focus, and short-term memory loss.

If someone has brain fog, it is important to find out the cause or causes of it. It is also important to work at removing the inflammation as the causes are addressed.

Why Am I So Tired All The Time?

Do you frequently feel exhausted? Lots of people do. It’s a sign of our busy lifestyles.tired_kid

Regaining your energy could be simpler than you think. Start by seeing if you can relate to the top eight reasons for feeling drained.

Eight Causes of Fatigue and How to Fight Them

1.       Diet.  What you eat. Reaching for caffeine and sugar can backfire, leaving you more fatigued as your blood sugar levels fluctuate wildly. Instead, go for a balanced, healthy diet replete with fruits, vegetables, and lean protein.  Most people feel like they’re less tired if they eat a healthy diet.  Eating healthy also means you’ll carry less weight, and obesity is a big contributor to fatigue.

2.       Lack of sleep.  How much you sleep. You saw this one coming, right? Many people don’t get enough sleep. If you’re one of them, avoid caffeine and alcohol in the hours just before bedtime, turn off the TV before bed, and keep your bedroom quiet and restful.

3.       Lack of exercise. How much you exercise. This is a biggie. We should exercise daily for at least 30 minutes. Finish at least three hours before bedtime, so you have time to wind down.

I know what you’re thinking. You think that if you exercise you will be more tired. It sounds logical, but it is far from the truth. Almost all the studies that have looked at this question have found the same thing: Sedentary people who start exercising feel much less fatigue than those who stay idle. It’s one of those surprising truths: Move more and you’ll become more energetic.

If 30 minutes sounds like too much, start with less and slowly increase. A month from now, you should notice improvement. Keep it up for three to six months, and you should feel much better.

Could It Be Something Else?

The most common reasons for feeling so tired all the time are those we’ve just discussed. Don’t assume you have a medical condition until you’ve tried those strategies and really given them a chance.

If you still feel exhausted, you should check with your health care provider. Chronic fatigue is linked to many different medical conditions, such as:

4.        Anemia. This is a very common cause of fatigue and very easy to evaluate with a simple blood test.  However, according to the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, there are more than 400 types of anemia. In general, the causes of these types of anemia can be divided into three groups:

• Anemia caused by blood loss.
• Anemia caused by decreased or faulty red blood cell production.
• Anemia caused by destruction of red blood cells.

By far the most common type of anemia is iron deficiency. This is usually checked, but other types of anemia can go unchecked.

5.       Deficiencies in key nutrients, such as potassium. Again, this is easily checked with blood testing.

6.       Thyroid problems. Over- and under-active thyroids both can cause fatigue.  A blood test for your level of thyroid-stimulating hormone can help evaluate your thyroid function. This is very common.

7.       Diabetes. People who have uncontrolled diabetes just plain don’t feel good. There are also many people who have it “controlled” with medications but still are fatigued. If you have a history of diabetes in your family, you should be evaluated.

8.       Depression. If your feelings of exhaustion are accompanied by sadness and loss of appetite, and you can’t find any pleasure in things you once enjoyed, you may be depressed. Don’t keep that to yourself. Let someone know. Depression is often a symptom of other problems such as thyroid conditions.

Start with the basics: sleep, diet, and activity level. Sometimes the simplest fixes are all it takes.

 

How’s Your Stress?


Stress

Modern life is full of deadlines, frustrations, and demands. For many people, stress is so commonplace that it has become a way of life. If you are constantly running in emergency mode, your mind and body pay the price. You can protect yourself by recognizing the signs and symptoms of stress and taking steps to reduce its harmful effects. Continue reading

Overprescribed: The Health Risks of Statin Drugs

 Overprescribed: The Health Risks of Statin Drugs

 Over 32 million Americans are taking statin (cholesterol lowering) drugs.  It is one of the contributing factors to such high insurance costs and something that puts a major financial drain on health insurance.  Glenn D. Braunstein, MD, who is chairman of Department of Medicine at Cedars-Sinai stated that one in 4 Americans older than 45 is presently taking a statin drug trying to lower their cholesterol. Continue reading

My Top 20 Free Health Apps

Swap It Don’t Stop It

Since around 61 percent of adult Australians are reportedly obese, the Australian Government developed this useful app to help us make healthier choices. It shows you how to make smarter food choices from swapping sweets for nuts, to getting more exercise in your day, along with ways to shop smart, save calories and even how to join local exercise classes. You can track your progress and set alerts to be remind you when its time to make a swap. Handy and informative. Continue reading

Improve Your Health in 2013

7 Ways to Improve Your Health in 2013

 

Start Your Day with 2 Glasses of Water

Right after you get up in the morning, drink two 8-ounce glasses of water.  By drinking water first thing in the morning you detoxify your system and eliminate waste, so you can start the day with a clean body!  You’ll find that drinking water helps keep you “regular,” so there’s little need to rely of digestive aids when you hydrate properly. Continue reading

Autoimmune Thyroid Patient Results

“My Kids Have Their Mom Back”

For years I have been struggling with my weight as well as the typical thyroid symptoms.  Even though I was on thyroid medications, I didn’t feel any better.  I was told by my primary physician that it was all in my head and was given an anti-depressant prescription.  I then began to look for other options.  Since I started care with Dr. Lind, I not only lost over 20 pounds which I tried so hard to do  in the past but also my fatigue, joint pain and sleep trouble have also gone away.  I now can do the things I wasn’t able to do with my kids.

Thyroid Symptoms Gone!

“I have been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroid.  For over 20 years no one could figure out why I kept having all of my symptoms.  I had extreme fatigue.  My energy was so low that I could not make it through the day.  My gut felt like it was going to explode on a daily basis.  My memory was so bad that I had a hard time remembering anything.  Since I have been under Dr. Lind’s care, I no longer suffer from any of my symptoms.  Thank you for giving me my life back.”  T.W.

My Life Is Turned Around

 

Thyroid Patient Recovers

“I have had thyroid issues for over 20 years.  I have been told by countless doctors that everything with my thyroid is ok.  I got so frustrated because I never felt ok.  Even when my thyroid meds were changes I still felt all my symptoms.  I was referred to Dr. Lind by a friend.  I was somewhat hesitant since nothing had ever worked in the past.  He explained to me things why I was feeling like I did. No one had ever mentioned this before.  Since starting care, my life has totally changed.  Nearly all of my thyroid symptoms are gone!  I have the energy to do whatever I want without suffering from trying to recover.  I thank him and my family thanks him too!”   R.T.

“I can live my life again!”

“I have been very sick for the past 7 years, and needing help doing the very basics in life, such as bathing myself. For the first time in my life I was completely scared! After only seeing Dr. Lind for 2 weeks now I have already been able to reduce 60% of all medications my doctor put me on, and I feel like I am getting my life back! I am able to enjoy time with my family now, which is something we haven’t been able to do in years. Now we all have hope!” G.N.

Are you Struggling with Unwanted Winter Weight?

Do you know what season it is?  It’s weight loss season.  Weight loss season usually occurs twice a year.  The first officially starts on January 1st.   It can last anywhere from a day up to but usually not longer than 2 months.  The second season has more of an informal starting time.  People start thinking about it around spring in preparation for summer and the dreaded swimsuit (there is a third weight loss season but this is primarily reserved for brides to be and will usually start a few weeks before the blissful day). Continue reading

My Health Secrets

Every day millions of individuals trust their doctors to give them reliable health care. After all, if you cannot trust your doctor to keep you in good health then who can you trust? The truth is there are several health secrets medicine has been hiding. Health care is big business and unfortunately there are times when money supersedes health care. With pharmaceutical companies more powerful than ever, there are times when health care priorities are not always in your favor. Below are three secrets your doctor does not want you to know. Continue reading