Eating meat may help stop Alzheimer’s disease from occurring, according to a new study.
Scientists have increasingly referred to the condition as “type 3 diabetes” and believe that high-protein foods like the keto diet can help.
EastEnders star Dame Barbara Windsor died last December at the age of 83 from the neurological disease that causes memory and thought loss.
Now researchers at Brigham Young University have found evidence that suggests the brain is running out of fuel.
A metabolic disorder can lead to a loss of the ability to burn sugar in the bloodstream and to rely only on fats and proteins.
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Lead study author Benjamin Bikman, professor of physiology and developmental biology, said, “Alzheimer’s disease is increasingly being referred to as brain insulin resistance or type 3 diabetes.
“Our research shows that the disease is likely to have a lifestyle, at least in part.”
The researchers came to the results after examining 240 brains affected by Alzheimer’s disease.
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They saw “widespread impairment of glucose metabolism” in those affected, but their brains’ ability to burn ketones – the energy source made from fats and proteins – was relatively healthy.
Western diets high in sugar have made our brains “scream for help,” said Prof. Bikman.
“We turned our brain’s hybrid engine into a monofuel system that just doesn’t thrive,” he said.
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“And so the brain, increasingly lacking the ability to use glucose, is now crying out for help; it starves in the midst of abundance. The body swims in a sea of glucose, but the brain just can.” don’t use it.
“The inability to use glucose increases the value of ketones. However, because the average person eats insulin-sparging foods so frequently, the brain never gets ketones.
“I see these results as a problem that we created and that we are making worse.”
It comes after Frank Worthington, the former Huddersfield, Bolton and Leicester striker, sadly passed away at the age of 72.
Known as an outsider at the time, the striker began his career at Huddersfield in 1966 and garnered 828 senior appearances for over 20 clubs.
Worthington also won eight caps for England and managed Tranmere Rovers before returning to pursue his career as a player.
In May 2016, he denied his daughter’s claim that he had suffered from Alzheimer’s for several years.
He died peacefully in hospital on March 22nd, his family confirmed that his wife, Carol, is leading the tributes.
“Frank has brought joy to so many people in his career and personal life,” said Carol Worthington.
“He will be missed very much by everyone who loved him so much.”