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Scientists dub Alzheimer’s ‘Type 3 Diabetes’ and say popular meat diet can help

Eating meat can help stop the onset of Alzheimer's Disease, a new study suggests.

Scientists have increasingly dubbed the condition "Type 3 Diabetes" and reckon protein-rich foods such as in the Keto Diet can help.

EastEnders star Dame Barbara Windsor died of the neurological disease, which causes loss of memory and thinking skills, aged 83 last December.

Now Brigham Young University researchers have made findings that suggest it is caused by the brain being starved of fuel.

A metabolic dysfunction could see it lose the ability to burn sugar in the bloodstream – leaving it reliant on fats and proteins alone.

Senior study author Benjamin Bikman, a professor of physiology and developmental biology, said: "Alzheimer's Disease is increasingly being referred to as insulin resistance of the brain or Type 3 Diabetes.

"Our research shows there is likely a lifestyle origin to the disease, at least to some degree."

The researchers made the findings after studying 240 post-mortem Alzheimer's Disease-impacted brains.

They saw "widespread glucose metabolism impairment" in those with the condition but their brains' ability to burn ketones – the energy source made from fats and proteins – was relatively healthy.

Western high-sugar diets have been leaving our brains "crying out for help", said Prof Bikman.

"We've turned the hybrid engine of our brains into a mono-fuel system that just fails to thrive," he said.

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"And so, the brain, which is progressively becoming deficient in its ability to use glucose, is now crying out for help; it's starving in the midst of plenty. The body is swimming in a sea of glucose, but the brain just can't use it.

"The inability to use glucose increases the value of ketones. However, because the average person is eating insulin-spiking foods so frequently, there's never any ketones available to the brain.

"I look at these findings as a problem we've created and that we're making worse."

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It comes after Frank Worthington, the former Huddersfield, Bolton and Leicester forward has sadly passed away at the age of 72.

Known for being a maverick back in the day, the striker started his illustrious career with Huddersfield in 1966 and racked up 828 senior appearances for over 20 clubs.

  • Frank Worthington loved being a showman on and off the pitch like his hero Elvis

Worthington also gained eight caps for England and managed Tranmere Rovers before returning to continue his career as a player.

In May 2016, he denied his daughter's claim he had been suffering with Alzheimer's disease for several years.

He died peacefully in hospital on March 22, his family have confirmed, with his wife, Carol, leading the tributes.

“Frank brought joy to so many people throughout his career and in his private life,” said Carol Worthington.

“He will be greatly missed by everyone who loved him so much.”

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