Thomas Edison’s infamous words ring true today in the race to locate both the main cause and a cure for Alzheimer’s disease: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Every day seems to bring hopeful news of still another clinical trial, followed shortly after by the aggravating news that results didn’t meet expectations – and so the pattern carries on.
One neuroscientist, Christian Holscher, is suggesting that to be able to win the fight against Alzheimer’s, we must look past the tried-and-tried-again plaque theory. In fact, he points to the identifier of the disease himself, Alois Alzheimer, who emphasized that even though certain plaques were found exclusively in older brains, there is no conclusive evidence that they actually cause the disease. But researchers have continually honed in on these plaques as the culprit, only to end up empty-handed.
Holscher advises an interesting avenue that ought to be explored instead in our pursuit to eradicate Alzheimer’s: the connection between Alzheimer’s and insulin. We all know that those with type 2 diabetes are at greater risk for developing Alzheimer’s; and, we understand that brain cells need insulin to grow and continue to be healthy. Could insulin deficiencies lead to the kind of irreparable neuron damage exhibited in Alzheimer’s?
Studies of brain tissue from individuals with Alzheimer’s that are deceased verified that insulin’s effectiveness in brain cell growth was destroyed, and curiously, it was true in both diabetic and non-diabetic patients – leading scientists to the conclusion that testing diabetic treatment options on people that have Alzheimer’s may be worth a try. A current clinical trial to evaluate this theory demonstrated promising results, with neuron deterioration stopped in patients through the 12-month study.
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