Alzheimer’s disease is increasing at an alarming rate among the elderly population today. The statistics are staggering. According to the Alzheimer’s Association:
The Alzheimer’s Association reports that 500,000 people a year die from Alzheimer’s disease. However, a recent study published in the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology states that the number is actually five to six times as many deaths as currently reported. That would put death by Alzheimer’s disease as the third leading cause of death in the U.S. based on medical stats, just after heart disease and cancer.
Research was published in 2012 at Rhode Island Hospital by Suzanne de la Monte, M.D. Dr. Monte found a link between brain insulin resistance and two other key mediators of neuronal injury that help Alzheimer’s Disease to progress, lending further evidence that Alzheimer’s is a type 3 diabetes and it can be controlled by lifestyle and diet.
The anecdotal evidence of the success in stopping, and even reversing, Alzheimer’s in some people using coconut oil. Many people with Alzheimer’s disease are already seeing a huge improvement, and in some cases a full reversal, of the disease after starting with coconut oil. If we look at Alzheimer’s disease as a “type 3″ diabetes and as an insulin resistance problem, coconut oil makes a lot of sense, as does a ketogenic high-fat diet. Coconut oil is known as a rich source of ketone energy, supplying an alternate form of energy to the brain.
Our cells can use ketone bodies as an alternative fuel when glucose is not available. Brain cells especially neurons, are very limited than other cells in what kinds of fuel they can use to function and stay alive. Normally they require glucose (sugar), but they can also use ketone bodies.