Recently there was a call from a group of specialists in The Netherlands about the alarming rise in dementia in general and Alzheimer’s in particular (more than 70% of dementia cases are Alzheimer’s). Now the largest cost item for the government within healthcare. With a “generous” gesture, Minister de Jonge promised an amount of 16 million euros for further investigation. Weird, considering that we already know so much about the causes of Alzheimer’s disease, that we could immediately start targeted and effective prevention.
It is not for nothing that the literature refers to Alzheimer’s disease as “Diabetes type 3“. There are strong arguments for designating the epidemic occurrence, and still increasing insulin resistance, as an important cause. The well-known insulin specialist Prof. Benjamin Bikman mentions insulin resistance as the common factor in the development of the most common modern civilization diseases. It has been known for some time that the signs of Alzheimer’s disease can be measured 20 years before the disease is diagnosed. With the simple blood test, the UMC -Amsterdam can detect an accumulation of the amyloid protein in the brain, which is currently regarded as a major cause of Alzheimer’s disease.
The HMA and the Lifestyle ratio
As we know, the HMA primarily provides a system analysis of the state at the cell level. The ratios between the 4 macro-minerals are of particular importance. In the context of the above, the Calcium / Magnesium (Ca / Mg) ratio and the Calcium / Phosphorus (CA / P) ratio in particular deserve special attention.
The Ca / Mg ratio is also called the lifestyle or carbohydrate ratio. This ratio is mainly correlated with insulin regulation. No wonder that for so many people this ratio is deviating and often strongly deviating from the optimum value.
The Ca / P ratio, according to the thorough work of Dr. Melvin Page, a pioneer in the field of “nutritional biochemistry”, is strongly influenced by sugar consumption and the disruption that arises within the body’s autonomous control systems.
It is no secret that Diabetes mellitus type 2 is on the rise in the Western world. The standard approach in mainstream medicine, however, is physiologically incorrect because one focuses unilaterally on measuring glucose levels in the blood. Bikman rightly argues that more attention should be paid to measuring the fasting insulin value. Increase in insulin production has been apparent for 10-20 years before an increase in blood glucose levels. Insulin resistance is the cause and an increase in blood glucose levels years later, the consequence. This correlates easily with Diabetes 3, Alzheimer’s disease.
The combined determination of insulin and glucose in the blood gives the possibility of determining the so-called HOMA index, an indicator for the degree of Insulin Resistance. However, this provision often does not work through the GPs, because they do not want to cooperate in this.
An increased Ca / Mg ratio and Ca / P ratio are a reason for us to have a series of blood values that determine the extent and extent of insulin resistance and its consequences in terms of low-grade inflammation and risk of cardiovascular disease bring. This “Insulin Resistance combi analysis” can be purchased in the web shop of Biocoherence. The result also includes an explanation of the results.
What can the HRV measure here?
A lot of! Here too, the Nervus Vagus has a very prominent and often underestimated role. For now it will suffice to mention the important role that the vagus plays in the glucose-insulin metabolism. The beautiful Review article “Autonomic Nervous System and the Liver” in Hepatology Research gives a good overview of this.
So, more about this in the next post.