To progress my research, I followed through on an offer to speak to a professional dietitian (through social media) who treats adults and children with diabetes. The dietitian suggested that I looked at the information on the Diabetes UK website as there was a section explaining the current studies of Type Three Diabetes. Also purple foods, omega 3, dark chocolate, green tea, nuts, avocado and olive oils are all good foods for a healthy brain. Foods to avoid include salt, sugar and trans fats.
The information on Diabetes UK reinforced the knowledge I gained from the previous Women’s Health Article. The most interesting ideas within the section was that Alzheimer’s can develop without the presence of a significant hyperglycemia in the brain. Within Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes one of the main symptoms is a high blood sugar levels (hyperglycemia). The primary role of insulin is to allow cells to use glucose as fuel or to be stored as body fat. If there is insulin resistance then the glucose is deposited in to the blood stream and can cause hunger, tiredness or loss of concentration. However, if this is not a symptom of Type Three Diabetes, how can the issue be recognised? Other interesting statements included “Researchers have discovered that many Type 2 diabetics have deposits of a protein called amaloid beta in their pancreas which is similar to the protein deposits found in the brain tissue of Alzheimer’s suffers.” This in particular inspired visual communications of linking the pancreas to the brain, and presenting the information to educate others of the science. Furthermore, more general research was carried out to help understand diabetes as a health issue, including in-depth explanations of insulin resistance and ketogenic diets. A ketogenic diet is also named a low-carb diet which encourages the body to gain energy from burning excess fat (ketones). This is proven affective for those suffering with both Type 1 and Type 2, and could be used to reduce the insulin resistance in those with Type 3 diabetes.
Another source of research was to visit the Huntarian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons. The museum is a collection of human and non-human anatomical specimens dating back to the 17th century. The purpose of the visit was to understand the form of the human brain and to sketch details as photographs could not be taken inside the galleries. Unfortunately, the trip was rather unsuccessful as the current collection housed a majority of animal artefacts rather than human and therefore I couldn’t gather the intended information.