Diabetes type 1 and type 2 derive from the decline of insulin produced within the pancreas to the point where there is no insulin produced. Yet, in recent years, scientists have found that insulin is also produced within the brain. This has led to the recognition of diabetes type 3 in 2005. Diabetes type 3 is when the brain stops or reduces the acceptance of the brain's secreted insulin within the brain's cell receptors.
Diabetes 3 Linked to Alzheimer's
The brain requires insulin to be secreted in order to ensure that the brain's cells survive. Diabetes 3 means that the brain is no longer secreting enough insulin and therefore, the brain's cells will deteriorate. As the brain cells stop working, the brain's receptors also decline in function. Some individuals believe that Alzheimer's is actually diabetes type 3. Yet, evidence suggests that Alzheimer's sufferers have a particular protein within the brain that actually removes insulin receptors from the brain's cells making the cells stop accepting the necessary insulin to enable the cells survival and also preventing the brain's memory from working properly.
Diabetes 1 and 2: Not Included
Scientists believe that diabetes mellitus 1 and 2 or diabetes 1 and 2 do not correspond with diabetes type 3. Diabetes type 3 is more complex because of its relevance to the working brain and originates within the central nervous system. (See Resources.)
Alzheimer's Treatment With Diabetes 3
Now that Alzheimer's is being recognized as a potential type of diabetes, researchers are enthusiastic that producing "turn around" treatments and that possibly curing Alzheimer's (Diabetic type 3) sufferers can now become a reality. (See Resources.)
Diabetes Type 3-Plaque
Protein plaques are found within diabetic sufferers of types 1 and 2 but these similar protein plaques have also been found within the brains of Alzheimer sufferers. With this evidence and the further evidence that can be found within the Resources section, diabetes 3 has shown to produce similar protein plaques within the brain. These plaques destroy insulin producing cells.
Next and Now
Diabetes type 3 is a relatively new discovery. Human diagnosis and treatments are not yet publicly available to everyone on the medical market. Scientists and researchers are currently looking into possible ways that this discovery can be used to help the millions of Alzheimer's and dementia sufferers today.