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Link found between three factors capable of preventing Alzheimer's propagation

Link found between three factors capable of preventing Alzheimer's propagation
27th June 2012

Researchers have found links between three factors thought to help the propagation of Alzheimer's disease.

Dr Suzanne de la Monte believes that brain insulin resistance and two mediators of neuronal injury could be used to stop the build up of toxin levels in the brain of patients with Alzheimer's disease, which make the condition worse.

"Brain insulin resistance is very much like regular diabetes," stated Dr de la Monte. "Since the underlying problems continue to be just about the same, we believe that the development of new therapies would be applicable for all types of diabetes, including Alzheimer's disease."

There is already much research indicating that insulin or insulin sensitiser agents are capable of enhancing the cognitive function of those with Alzheimer's.

What's more, those with diabetes are at a great risk of developing the condition.

However, by linking brain insulin resistance with mediators of neuronal injury, the study shows that treatment should concentrate on an array of different brain pathways once the disease takes hold, opposed to just one.

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