Turns out that they could be. According to research conducted over the past 8 years, Alzheimer’s is revealing itself as a metabolic disease, similar in part with Type 2 Diabetes. In fact, Alzheimer’s has been nicknamed “Type 3 Diabetes” because of the apparent relationship between it, abnormal blood sugars and developing insulin resistance. Being overweight, inactive and eating an unhealthy diet can set us up for developing this debilitating disease later on in life. There is still so much more to learn about this intriguing relationship, such as investigating slowing the progression of Alzheimer’s through the use of anti-diabetic drugs.
Yet another reason to eat healthy (reduce your intake of added sugars and carbohydrates, eat your fruits and vegetables etc.), maintain a healthy weight and waist measurement (40 inches for men, 35 inches for women), and exercise regularly (moderate intensity for 2.5 hours a week).