You’ve undoubtedly heard of diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease, these two diseases are in the news frequently due to the increasing number of the population that are suffering from them. What you may not have known, is that recent studies have suggested there could be a causal link between the two! This basically theorizes that the brain is affected by insulin resistance, as usable insulin may be an important component in the formation of memory synapses. Doctors and researchers have termed this new discovery “type three diabetes”.
It all sounds a little complicated, however, the simplified, good news is it means there is the potential to drastically improve our understanding of what causes Alzheimer’s disease and the possibility that simply changing people’s diets, could help to overcome it. Here at NetCost Market, we want to help reduce the rates of both diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease, which is why we summarized the suggestions from some health professionals to help you tweak your diet to keep “type 3 diabetes” at bay.
We all know that fish is healthy for our diet as it contains Omega-3 fatty acids. However, the oils in fish are particularly good for your brain as they enrich the memory synapses that, when broken down, cause Alzheimer’s disease. Smaller oily fish are the best bet, particularly mackerel, salmon, and sardines.
It’s suggested that berries, particularly blueberries, are also good for brain health, which is a good enough reason to eat them regularly. They are also packed full of soluble fiber, which helps regulate blood sugar and therefore eases the strain on the pancreas and its need to produce insulin. In the long run, this will reduce both the risk of diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease!
Lowering Dairy Intake
So, there is still some debate about this one, but it may be that lowering dairy intake could help stabilize blood sugar levels. This is because the sugar in dairy, lactose, is slowly released into the blood requiring your pancreas to function at a moderate level for longer. Over years of consumption, this may stop the pancreas working to its full ability, increasing the chances of diabetes. Cutting down on milk, yogurt and other lactose-rich dairy products may reduce the risk of diabetes.
Lentils and Beans
Lentils and beans also contain high amounts of dietary fiber, both soluble and insoluble. This again is a great way to regulate blood sugars. Try eating foods rich in these legumes often to keep your blood sugar levels stable, therefore reducing the risk of both diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.
Whole grain products like bread, cereal and pasta have become much more popular in recent times, but there’s still much more white flour based products being sold out there. Try as much as possible to switch to whole grain products. These contain high levels of vitamins B6 and B12, which are essential for brain function, but also high amounts of that all-important dietary fiber which is lost when white flour is made.
By getting into new eating habits, we can hopefully change the way society eats in general, making the world a more diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease-free place for future generations. At NetCost Market, we’re committed to promoting healthy, responsible eating, which is why we sell what we preach! So, come in store or check out our website to find all the essentials you need to make the change now!