Klein said the findings support a new idea that Alzheimer’s is a type of diabetes of the brain.
“In Type 1 diabetes, your pancreas isn’t making insulin. In Type 2 diabetes, your tissues are insensitive to insulin because of problems in the insulin receptor. Type 3 is where that insulin receptor problem is localized in the brain,” Klein said in a telephone interview.
In some people, this can occur with age, he said.
“As you get older, some individuals start to have less effective insulin signaling, including in the brain,” he said, making the brain more vulnerable to toxins that cause Alzheimer’s disease.
Several studies have found that diabetics have a higher risk of getting Alzheimer’s than the general population.
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