Alzheimer’s Disease as Type 3 Diabetes – The Glucose Connection

Monday, January 11, 2010

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Alzheimer’s Disease as Type 3 Diabetes – The Glucose Connection

In animals, cell get energy by directly eating foods with sugar, or by digesting more complex starches, such as the carbohydrates found in pasta and rice, into the simpler sugar, glucose, which is then easily absorbed into the bloodstream. But how the body handles those sugars - and how many sugars you bombard yourself with - can have wide ranging implications. Let's take a closer look at exactly how glucose gets into cells - and how that could eventually lead to alzheimers. (Thanks to flickr user alain_boucheret for the shot)

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Behavior Change and Brain Disease: Lessons from History

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

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Behavior Change and Brain Disease: Lessons from History

How did our lives become 30 years longer? Modern medicine? The last time I checked, there still wasn't a magic pill (or assortment of pills, for that matter) that increased our life expectancy by that much. I believe that history has shown us that the 30-year addition to our lives is really due to an intense collaboration between the medical community that developed new drugs, and society, which improved health education, changed public health policy, and altered people's behaviors.

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