Suzanne de la Monte, MD, a neuropathologist at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, has found that the high carb, high processed diet found in Western cultures has made what Dr. de la Monte terms “type three diabetes” also known as Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr. de la Monte’s team has found a direct link between insulin resistance, and brain damage that causes memory problems. The team did an experiment on rats, disrupting the way the rats’ brains responded to insulin. As a result, the rats had the same brain damage found in Alzheimer’s patients. The areas of the rats’ brains that control memory were clotted with toxic protein fragments. This impaired their memory enough that they were unable to learn how to get out of a maze.

Dr. de la Monte recently wrote an article gathering all the evidence from different studies, and showed that Alzheimer’s is the same as having diabetes, but the symptoms are confined to the brain. There is a greater risk for people who have type two diabetes to also develop Alzheimer’s disease. However, it is not a guarantee that those with type two diabetes will also develop Alzheimer’s disease — it’s just an increased risk.

In another study, scientists had healthy women and men eat a high carb, highly processed, junk food diet while a control group ate a healthy carb, low saturated fat diet for a month. The results showed that those who ate the sugary diet had an increase in the beta-amyloid in their spinal fluid, and their insulin also rose. The control subjects showed a decrease in both areas.

So what can be done to help prevent these problems? The attached article has The Express plan to help you become sugar smart. It’s vital that you learn about what sugars are good, and which are bad, as well as which fats are healthy, and which nutrients will help protect your brain.