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Type 3 Diabetes

Type 3 Diabetes

Kalie Kling CPT

Type 3 diabetes? What? Yes, there is now a third type of diabetes! Type 1 diabetes is chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin, a hormone needed to allow sugar (glucose) to enter cells to produce energy. This is typically something that you are born with. Type 2 diabetes is a problem with your body that causes blood glucose (sugar) levels to rise higher than normal. This is caused by poor lifestyle choices and is the most common form of diabetes. Type 3 diabetes follows a similar pathophysiology as Type 2, but in the brain. Insulin is needed to help the neurons in the brain absorb glucose for healthy functioning, and if the cells in the brain become insulin-resistant, it can lead to Alzheimer's.

Alzheimer's does not just magically appear when you get older. It starts off when you’re younger and takes decades to develop and worsen. Eating sugar and refined carbohydrates can cause pre-dementia and dementia. Recent studies show that those with diabetes are more at risk for developing Alzheimer’s.

To prevent this from happening it is important to balance your blood sugar with whole foods, cut out any processed and refined carbohydrates and exercise daily!