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10:42 pm: Alzheimer's May Be Third Kind of Diabetes
If this is true, it will make a big difference in treatment.

Insulin appears to shield the brain from toxic proteins associated with Alzheimer's disease, U.S. researchers said on Monday, supporting a theory that Alzheimer's may be a third form of diabetes.

And they said GlaxoSmithKline's (GSK.L) diabetes drug Avandia, or rosiglitazone, which increases sensitivity to insulin, appeared to enhance this protective effect.


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From:gerisullivan
Date:February 3rd, 2009 03:55 am (UTC)
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Fascinating.

Thanks for the link!
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From:moropus
Date:February 3rd, 2009 02:38 pm (UTC)
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Wow. It runs in my family, as does diabetes, so a connection would not surprise me.
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From:mjlayman
Date:February 3rd, 2009 11:06 pm (UTC)
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We don't have diabetes running in the family, and my father was the first to have Alzheimer's, but considering that he ate fast food all the time for the last 20 years or so of his life, I wouldn't rule out a dietary relationship there.
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From:serge_lj
Date:February 3rd, 2009 05:37 pm (UTC)
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What scares me the most is not to die, but to lose who I am. I presume that this cure, if it works out, would keep damage from getting worse, but that it wouldn't reverse it.
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From:mjlayman
Date:February 3rd, 2009 11:08 pm (UTC)
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It isn't obvious yet, there'd have to be more trials. Theoretically, if a way is found to clear out the plaque, you'd get back to where you were.

But I have to tell you, I've already lost who I was once, and while I'm not very happy about it, it's not as bad as being dead.
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From:serge_lj
Date:February 4th, 2009 12:29 am (UTC)
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Oh goodness. I apologize for my rudeness, Marilee.
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From:mjlayman
Date:February 4th, 2009 12:40 am (UTC)
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You weren't rude, Serge. You just know me only post-stroke. I had a completely different kind of life and personality before the stroke.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:March 27th, 2009 04:54 pm (UTC)

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Marilee, I have two older friends who's husbands are coming down with Alzheimer's and will print this off for sure. You are always one to help the rest of the world...hasn't changed has it. Too bad Eugene will not get you as a resident ~ it would have been great to drive up for a visit. Marilyn Peters
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