Friday, April 11, 2008

Another Reason to Hate Insulin Resistance

Not that this surprises me much as there seems to be a good deal of insulin resistance and Alzheimers in one side of my family, but now there's a link to show that it's more than just speculation.

A new study on men living in Sweden suggests that a poor insulin response in midlife, the main characteristic of diabetes, is linked to an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease up to 35 years later.
It doesn't get much clearer than that.
Impaired insulin secretion, glucose intolerance, and estimates of insulin resistance, were all linked with elevated risk of any dementia and cognitive impairment.
Geez. Talk about a downer. Now not only are we losing control of our bodies, but we're losing control of our minds. Seeing that I'm a likely candidate for Alzheimer's disease due to family history, it just makes things even more urgent. Maybe taking care of my insulin resistance is more important than I thought.