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Alzheimer's: Another Version of Diabetes?

An interesting follow-up study to research I posted earlier this year may go far toward explaining why diabetes elevates your risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

The key hinges on your brain's ability to generate insulin. As Alzheimer's does its damage early on, according to the study, insulin levels in the brain as well as related cellular receptors fall dramatically and keep doing so as the severity of the disease increases. In the advanced stages of Alzheimer's, the lead researcher says, those receptors were functioning at about 20 percent the capacity of a normal brain.

Another tell-tale sign of this drop brain insulin: Low levels of acetylcholine.

The best way to ensure you'll never have to deal with Alzheimer's -- prevention -- is the simplest and you have plenty of free resources on my Web site to help you do just that.

Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, Vol. 8, No. 3, December 2005

Yahoo News November 30, 2005

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