There’s been a lot of talk lately about Alzheimer’s disease, as researchers find evidence that high-sugar diets can lead to cognitive decline. In fact, some people have nicknamed Alzheimer’s “type 3 diabetes,” as a reference to the effect of diet on the development of the illness. What we’re realizing, however, is it might not be sugar, itself, that’s responsible for triggering Alzheimer’s. Instead, Alzheimer’s might be the product of the effects of a high-sugar diet.


In her piece for The Atlantic, Olga Khazan looks at the recent studies* on the link between Alzheimer’s disease and sugar, and explores the role of an insulin-degrading enzyme that breaks down both insulin and amyloid proteins in the brain.


Read the article here.


*Have a look at the research in the links below:


HbA1c, diabetes and cognitive decline: the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing


Unraveling Alzheimer’s: Making Sense of the Relationship between Diabetes and Alzheimer’s Disease1


Relative Intake of Macronutrients Impacts Risk of Mild Cognitive Impairment or dementia