Is Alzheimer’s Type 3 Diabetes? Most of us have heard about type 1 or type 2 diabetes but the Type 3 is rarely spoken about. Although discovered in 2005, this new condition is just beginning to pop up on the headlines of today’s science and medical news journals.
Type 3 diabetes is a condition where the brain does not produce enough insulin. In the absence of insulin, the brain is affected much the same way the body is in type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Dabetes mellitus 3 only occurs in people who have either type 1 or type 2 diabetes already.
Diabetes mellitus 3 is also known as brain diabetes. This is because the brain requires insulin to form new memories. Receptors on the brain’s synapses help facilitate the communication that creates new memories. The insulin produced by the brain wards off amyloid beta-derived diffusible ligands (ADDLs)that destroy those receptors.
In diabetes mellitus 3, the brain is either doesn’t produce enough insulin for new memory formation or is resistant to the insulin it produces. Without insulin, those insulin receptors die. Without those insulin receptors, the brain can’t form new memories.