Episode 316

How Insulin Resistance Leads to Alzheimer’s Disease & What You Can Do to Reduce Your Risk Today

With Dr. Benjamin Bikman

Nearly six million individuals live with Alzheimer’s disease in the US, and the numbers continue to rise. After 30 years of encountering dead ends while addressing Alzheimer’s disease as a problem of brain plaques, researchers are looking at other contributing factors. 

On today’s mini-episode, I sat down with Dr. Ben Bikman to talk about the growing body of evidence that indicates a strong correlation between Alzheimer’s disease and a disrupted metabolic state where the brain can’t get enough energy.

In this episode we dive into:

  • Why Alzheimer’s disease is increasingly being referred to as insulin resistance of the brain or type 3 diabetes
  • Early signs of potential cognitive decline
  • Common foods that drive insulin resistance
  • Foods that fuel your body and brain
  • What you can do today to reduce your risk for Alzheimer’s disease

Listen to the full episode here.

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I hope you enjoyed this conversation as much as I did.
Wishing you health and happiness.
Dhru Purohit


Dhru Purohit

Dhru is the host of the Dhru Purohit Podcast, a top 30 health podcast with over 30 million downloads.

As an entrepreneur, Dhru is also the CEO Dr. Hyman Enterprises, Farmacy and the UltraWellness Center, a functional medicine based clinic that specializes in treating chronic disease through personalized medicine.

Dr. Benjamin Bikman

Dr. Benjamin Bikman earned his Ph.D. in Bioenergetics and was a postdoctoral fellow with the Duke-National University of Singapore in metabolic disorders. Currently, his professional focus as a scientist and associate professor at Brigham Young University is to better understand the role of elevated insulin in regulating obesity and diabetes, including the relevance of ketones in mitochondrial function.

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