Alzheimer’s: Type 3 Diabetes
KETOSIS and ALZHEIMER’S
Do you know anyone suffering from Alzheimer’s or Dementia?
I tried to tell my parents that Alzheimer’s is referred to as Type 3 Diabetes, but for some reason that is a hard concept for many to wrap their heads around.
The brain prefers to use ketones instead of glucose for energy; in Alzheimer’s the brain can no longer convert glucose for energy, coconut oil is VERY healthy for these patients! As you can see in the photo, Steve’s brain worked better on ketones than on glucose.
Eating a very low carbohydrate diet stimulates the production of ketones from body fat; which is why people lose weight on this diet. Cutting out carbs and reducing protein also leads to a lower insulin level in the blood. A normal blood sugar is 1 TEASPOON of sugar in you blood. Many Americans consume over 63 teaspoons a day! If you can conquer a normal blood sugar, it reduces the problems associated with high insulin levels; insulin resistance, leptin resistance, high blood pressure, Metabolic Syndrome, weight gain, sleep issues…
To produce ketones, focus on carbs being only 5% of your total intake. For diabetics, the level may need to be lower to counteract insulin resistance. Typical levels of carb intake for a type-2 diabetic are around 30 grams per day or less; the level should be lower still at about 20 grams a day or less for a type-1 diabetic. Here is a good ratio to follow for calories/macro-nutrient consumption:
Don’t eat just lean proteins! It is not tolerated well in our body. It leads to nausea in as little as three days. A high healthy fat diet, however, is the traditional diet to sustain for a lifetime. Eating only lean protein causes excess intake of nitrogen, which leads to hyperammonaemia, which is a build up of ammonia in the bloodstream and is toxic to the brain. Many traditional societies survived on a purely animal product diet, which was naturally high in fat…they didn’t have George Foreman Grills.
Our paleo ancestors actually consumed more fat than protein; with a ratio of about 80% calories from fat and 20% from protein. During prolonged periods of starvation or something such as marathon running, fatty acids are converted into ketones, the preferred energy source for highly active tissues like those found in the heart and muscles. Ketones provide a long lasting energy to all cells with mitochondria. Ketones are used to generate ATP. If you use glucose for energy, it needs the intervention of bacteria, ketones can be used directly.
*Note: Using a quality REAL salt is also essential for electrolyte balance. We start skipping the salt and we get low energy. I’m not talking about pre-packaged and fast food junk salt. A Celtic Sea Salt filled with minerals will help with energy.
TESTIMONY OF THE DAY
I love getting texts from ongoing phone clients like this! Even while I’m on vacation!
“I had my year visit to my cardiologist last week. He said whatever it is I’m doing to keep it up my heart muscle is almost back to 100%. It was around 80% after the drugs I had during treatment and in the last year it has improved a huge amount. I am thrilled.”