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Preventing Type 2 Diabetes and Dementia by Improving Insulin Resistance [VIDEO]

Update Date: Mar 27, 2017 08:21 AM EDT

Preventing dementia and type 2 diabetes is now possible by improving insulin resistance of the body. To be able to achieve this, experts recommend a change in lifestyle, healthier diet option, and regular exercise. Keeping insulin levels in the body in check, through physical activity can help keep the pancreas, the insulin-producing organ in the body, stay healthy. 

Sensitivity to insulin makes the cells less complex to insulin. As this occurs, it joins the glucose that travels to the body cells where it attaches to insulin receptors.

If a disruption occurs, the body will be required to produce more insulin to be able to keep blood sugar levels in balance. The pancreas produces insulin for the body.

If this organ fails to keep up with the increasing demand for insulin, blood sugar levels will go up. Excess of glucose in the blood system can lead to type 2 diabetes, the Medical News Today explained.

There are many ways on how to improve insulin resistance. Eating a diet rich in magnesium, calcium, potassium and fiber.

Leaning into a Mediterranean diet rich in lean proteins and plenty of non-starchy vegetables can help in reducing insulin insensitivity. Daily exercise is also an important factor in reducing the possibilities of developing insulin resistance, thus reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and other unhealthy conditions.

Research reveals that genetic factors and ethnicity may also increase the risks of insulin sensitivity. However, lifestyle factors make a big difference in how to improve insulin resistance. Such conditions can also lead to other health issues such as obesity. In the long run, this can also lead to rapid mental decline and can increase the risk of developing dementia in later life, Mirror UK reported.

A study conducted at the University of Tel Aviv in Israel looked into the cognitive function of 500 people. Insulin levels were recorded as a factor to be considered in the experiment.

After 15 and 20 years later, test subjects who had a 25 percent increase for insulin inefficiency showed an accelerated cognitive decline compared to those who kept their blood sugar levels in check. The brain appears to be vulnerable to the effects of resistance to insulin, that can alter or trigger not only diabetes but as well as dementia.

There are many cognitive benefits that come with interventions in how to improve insulin resistance such as diet and exercise. Maintaining a healthy diet rich in vitamins and minerals, together with regular physical activity are some of the natural effective ways in improving insulin sensitivity to prevent type 2 diabetes and dementia.


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