The keto cure for “Type 3” di­a­betes

First For Women - - Nutrition -

Break­through science has led to a new un­der­stand­ing of why brain func­tion fal­ters: Much like di­a­betes, men­tal de­cline is caused by prob­lems with blood sugar (glu­cose) and in­sulin. When blood-sugar lev­els are chron­i­cally el­e­vated, the brain be­comes re­sis­tant to in­sulin, so neu­rons don’t get the fuel they need—and “Type 3 di­a­betes” sets in. “This can lead to fog, learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties and even Alzheimer’s,” says Mark Hy­man, M.D., au­thor of The Blood Sugar So­lu­tion. But re­searchers at the Univer­sity of Texas South­west­ern Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Dal­las have found that eat­ing a high­fat, low-carb keto-style diet for just six weeks re­duces in­sulin re­sis­tance by 18% and en­hances mem­ory per­for­mance by 35% in older adults.

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