September is a very special month as we observe World Alzheimer’s Month. For the second year, Alzheimer’s organizations across the globe are uniting to raise awareness for a disease that affects over five million Americans and countless more worldwide.
Currently, there is no known cure for this disease that is the sixth leading cause of death in the elderly, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. However, there are studies that are breaking new ground on understanding the disease. Recently, researchers at Brown University discovered Alzheimer’s acts as a Type 3 Diabetes in where the brain develops an insulin resistance. The study suggests that just like with Type 2 Diabetes, increased glucose levels in the blood stream forces the pancreas to rev up production of insulin to turn that that added glucose into energy. However, our bodies can become resistant to this increased amount of insulin which prevents the conversion into energy and may kill off cells.
The Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute in Tampa, Florida is looking into whether the medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) found in coconut oil may offer a solution to this insulin resistance. When broken down in the liver, the MCTs in extra virgin coconut oil create ketones which the body uses as an energy source. Researchers hypothesize that these ketones may provide an alternative fuel source when the brain can no longer use glucose. Fox 13 Tampa Bay stopped by our office earlier this summer and talked about the study and why this theory is a solid one.
There are several ways to get involved during World Alzheimer’s Month to make a difference. Join our team as we Walk to End ALZ – any donations made to the KelapoCoconut team will be given a Forget Me Not Flower and placed on our donation wall in our office. Our goal is to raise $2,000 for our local chapter. You can also find a team in your hometown through the Alzheimer’s Association website. Even just share the Risk Factors with a loved is enough to make an impact.
But until there’s a cure, we walk.