Type 3 diabetes is not a term we often hear. Most often when talking about diabetes we refer to Type 1, Type 2, and Gestational Diabetes. More recently in the medical world, there was a discovery linking type 2 diabetes to Alzheimer’s disease. The brain cells become insulin resistant causing them to die which affects the brain’s ability to remember.
Often those with Type 2 diabetes are unaware of their medical condition and it will go undiagnosed. However, the delay in diagnosis can cause irreversible damage to the brain and other essential organs. Over time, untreated Type 2 diabetes can cause damage to the blood vessels, including those in the brain. High blood sugars can lead to damage of brain cells from inflammation and chemical imbalances.
Diabetes is considered a risk factor for vascular dementia, which is a warning sign and can lead to Alzheimer’s disease. So far a study conducted in 2016, shows that individuals with Type 2 diabetes are 60 percent more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease, type 3 diabetes.
A diagnosis of type 3 diabetes can be made through neurological examination, medical history, and neurophysiological testing. Symptoms to look for are decreased ability to make judgments
based on information, difficulty completing familiar tasks, memory loss that affects daily living and social interactions, misplacing things often, and sudden changes in personality or demeanor.
The best way to treat and prevent type 2 diabetes, and hopefully prevent it from developing into type 3 diabetes, is through lifestyle changes, including diet choices and exercise. A diet low in fat and sodium, but high in vegetables and lean meats is the best for someone who is diagnosed with both diabetes and pre-diabetes. Changing your diet and dropping 5-7% of body mass with help stop organ damage caused by high blood sugars and will hopefully stop the progression of Type 2 or Type 3 diabetes.
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