Diabetics...Can You Remember What You Were Worrying About?

By MAYS Latest Reply 2012-06-24 16:01:40 -0500
Started 2012-06-16 10:45:05 -0500

"Even people who study diabetes may not always consider the impact of insulin in the brain," says Rita Kalyani, MD, assistant professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. "But insulin does play a role in the formation of synapses, storing memories, and other brain functions."

Studies have linked insulin levels with appetite, energy balance, and body temperature too.

It appears that diabetes and insulin problems may be connected to a higher risk of serious conditions such as Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease.
Could diabetes-related insulin problems play a role in causing these conditions?
People with diabetes seem to have a higher risk of Alzheimer's disease.


They may have a higher risk of Parkinson's disease and Huntington's disease too.

Insulin problems seem to be connected.

Studies have found that insulin levels in certain regions of the brain associated with memory are much higher in healthy people than in people with Alzheimer's disease.

In people with Alzheimer's disease, a protein called beta-amyloid builds up, forming plaques on the brain. Abnormal insulin levels may make it harder for the body to break these plaques down.



18 replies

alanbossman 2012-06-16 21:10:33 -0500 Report

Maybe insulin does mess with our brains and some can also be age related and some of us just call it (CRS)

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-06-16 16:05:32 -0500 Report

So T1, T1.5, LADA, MODY, T2, no insulin, not enough insulin, too much insulin, resistent to insulin,whatever, we're all up a creek with no paddles swirling in the eddys.

karenality 2012-06-16 12:28:18 -0500 Report

I guess I'm lucky and don't have this problem. I'm like the "elephant that never forgets". I remember EVERYTHING. Stuff that even happened to me in childhood. What I DO have problems with tho is short-term memory like, "Where did I put those keys?" If I put it away…It's lost forever unless its sitting right out there in the open in plain sight. My complications run rampant in my family. My grandma passed a few years ago of diabetes complications and had alzheimers and dementia bad. Thank goodness she had my mom to rely on (she's a geriatric specialist). We say more Ginseng to help stimulate the memory.

jayabee52 2012-06-16 11:48:01 -0500 Report

That is strange . . . . I just got finished reading an email from "stop aging now" — a "special report" Why We Are Losing The Battle Against Brain Decay.


Now what were we discussing?

old biker
old biker 2012-06-16 11:01:06 -0500 Report

I just read somewhere recently, that a new study shows that people who are over weight had a brain size that was slightly smaller then normal..As a result of being over weight..Go figure that one out

Nick1962 2012-06-16 19:08:06 -0500 Report

That explains a lot about me! Although i like to think of mine as concentrated to an efficient size.