Diabetes Clamps Down on the Cholesterol Your Brain Needs

Your brain contains more cholesterol than any other organ in your body. It has to produce its own cholesterol, and can't function normally if it doesn't produce enough. Problems with cholesterol metabolism have been linked with Alzheimer's disease.

Researchers have recently discovered that diabetes can affect how much cholesterol your brain can make. Brain cholesterol synthesis drops in several mouse models of diabetes. This could affect how nerves function for appetite regulation, behavior, memory, pain and motor activity.

Science Daily reports:

“In addition to its potential role in Alzheimer's disease and other forms of neurological dysfunction, the newly discovered mechanism may play a role in diabetic neuropathy, which remains a large challenge for therapy. People with diabetes are also known to be more prone to depression, memory loss and eating disorders”.

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