September 27, 2012

Mark Bittman: "Is Alzheimer's Type 3 Diabetes?"

Yesterday, I wrote about diabetes and Alzheimer’s.

Today, I noticed a burst of internet comments about an article published online yesterday by the New York Times’ well-known food writer Mark Bittman. The title: “Is Azheimer’s Type 3 Diabetes?”

While Bittman isn’t a medical scientist, he knows food. And in his thoughtful piece, he explains the role that food plays in brain health.

We’ve always asked, “If you could improve your health and appearance by eating more thoughtfully, would you?” Now, Bittman suggests, we should ask, “If you could preserve your brain function and sharply limit your risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s by eating more thoughtfully, would you?”

Bittman discusses junk foods, sugar, glucose, insulin, the different varieties of diabetes, brain plaques, dementia, and Alzheimer's. He knits together an explanation of how these issues are connected.

As I mentioned in my post on Monday about K.I.S.S (“Keep It Simple, Stupid”), in matters of health, it so often comes down to diet and exercise. Now, fearing dementia as I do, I feel like I have even more reason to be careful about my diet.

Bittman’s brief article is worth the two minutes it takes to read it. Maybe it will help strengthen your dietary resolve, too. Mark Bittman: Is Alzheimer's Type 3 Diabetes?

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