Alzheimer’s May Be a Third Type of Diabetes, Study Suggests

Is Alzheimer’s disease a form of diabetes?

A fascinating new study in the November issue of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease suggests just that.

In fact, researchers propose a new term, "Type 3 Diabetes," to reflect their findings that shows insulin production in the brain declines as the disease progresses.

"Insulin disappears early and dramatically in Alzheimer’s disease," researcher Suzanne M. de la Monte, professor of pathology at Brown Medical School, said in a news release.

What’s more, de la Monte notes is that "many of the unexplained features of Alzheimer’s, such as cell death and tangles in the brain, appear to be linked to abnormalities in insulin signaling. This demonstrates that the disease is most likely a neuroendocrine disorder, or another type of diabetes," Steven Reinberg of HealthDay reports.

"And many of the unexplained features of Alzheimer’s, such as cell death and tangles in the brain, appear to be linked to abnormalities in insulin signaling. This demonstrates that the disease is most likely a neuroendocrine is another type of diabetes," she adds.

This study — which also shows that insulin receptors were 80 percent lower than in a normal brain at during the most advanced stage of Alzheimer’s — could prove groundbreaking.

In fact, researcher de la Monte believes her findings have "important implications for treatment. If you c could target the disease early, you could prevent the further loss of neurons. But you would have to target not just the loss of insulin but the resistance of its receptors in the brain."

This certainly sounds intriguing.

Read the HealthDay story for more intriguing info about the Alzheimer’s-diabetes connection.

Tobacco Manufacturers Plug Candy-Flavored Cigarettes

I already wrote about this development previously, but the subject is worth revisiting, because tobacco manufacturers have recently introduced a number of exotic, candy-flavored cigarettes in an effort to target the youth market, according to a study published in Health Affairs.

Candy-flavored cigarettes?

Talk about a way to lure innocent kids!

"This research revealed the development of flavor delivery technologies hidden from consumers and public health professionals, including the use of a plastic pellet placed in the cigarette filter," the report found.

"These findings raise concerns as to the potential added health risks associated with using new flavored tobacco products, and they underscore the need for effective assessment and monitoring of tobacco products."
Meanwhile, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids denounced candy-flavored cigarettes as "the latest evidence that the tobacco companies are just blowing smoke when they say they have made `profound and permanent’ changes in how they do business and don’t market to kids, as they did recently in their opening arguments in the federal government’s lawsuit against the tobacco companies.’"
Sad, isn’t it?

Fatter Buttocks Require Longer Needles

Oh, this is sad. Because more and more people have fatter rear ends, their drug injections are missing the mark and require longer needles to reach buttock muscle, researchers found.

Check out this Reuters story to read more about it.

By the way, the sugar connection is this: Often, people’s habit of eating sweets and simple carbs packs on the pounds, making those butts bigger.

Need help kicking sweets? Join my free, online KickSugar group.

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Illinois Gov. Calls For Junk Food Ban

Well, at firrst blush, the news from the Chicago Tribune sounds promising: Illinois’s Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Monday called on the State Board of Education to ban sales of unhealthy snacks and soft drinks at elementary and middle schools.

But then, you quickly learn that this junk food ban excludes high schools "that benefit most from vending machine proceeds," as the Tribune put it. And it’s also "less dramatic than a ban proposed in 2003 that state lawmakers rebuffed."

Even so, it is a start. In fact, the governor asserted in a letter to the state board:

"We know that selling candy and soda to elementary and middle school students is not good for their health, so let’s do what we can to stop it."

But what about getting high schools?

Overweight Kids Tend to Get Broken Bones

Children who are overweight appear to have broken bones, joint problems, and bone abnormalities more often during childhood than kids of normal weight, research suggests, MSNBC reports.

“A lot of people think that if you’re an overweight kid … that later on in life you’re going to run into having heart disease or Type 2 diabetes, but kids and adults who are overweight are already having problems with their mobility, fractures, and joint pain," said Dr. Susan Yanovski, director of the obesity and eating disorders program at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Obviously, this research gives yet another reason why it’s important to try to lose weight.

Critics Urge No Go to Hoodia

Lately, a number of members of my free, online KickSugar group have been asking me about a much-acclaimed weight loss aid — a cactus named Hoodia gordonii that is renowned for its ability to curb appetite.

They want to know if it’s safe.

One expert I consulted contended that Hoodia is:

  • Not not Generally Recognized As Safe (or not GRAS)
  • The latest in a line of potentially dangerous and untested-in-humans neuro stimulants that could be fatal (fen-fen, ephedrine, dexatrim)
  • Falsely labeled
  • Umproven
  • Laxative, causing diarrhea

The expert also frets that taking Hoodia on a regular basis could even trigger predisposition to other disease such as cancer and heart disease.

Meanwhile, Debby and Dulcy from free, online KickSugar group tracked down Dr. Andrew Weil’s interesting conclusion on the subject of Hoodia. (I was thrilled to find that he’d researched the subject — saved me the hassle of doing more investigating.)

Then, Vashti, a health and wellnesss consulant from Australia and a newcomer to my group, tracked down a fascinating article from NewsTarget.com.

After a couple of clicks, I found that NewsTarget.com had done a whole series of articles about Hoodia.

So rather than re-inventing the wheel, I’ll just send you to both the NewTarget.com and DrWeil.com websites and let you draw your own conclusion. 

After learning about hoodia, my sense is that taking it in capsule form isn’t such a great idea. Isn’t worth the risk, in my opinion.

‘Course, it sounds like maybe going to South Africa to gnaw on the cactus is an option!!! LOL!

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