While brain atrophy can occur in all ages, from young to old, it’s most common in people over 40. Medical research and science often believe that injuries, strokes, or a natural process of aging are what lead to this brain shrinkage. That’s not entirely accurate. In truth, the main cause of atrophying of the brain is the inability of brain cells to receive adequate sugars and restore glycogen reserves to sustain brain tissue.
Connective brain tissue is mostly made out of glycogen (stored glucose). Glucose is not only the food for brain cells; it’s the birthing environment for them. A brain cell needs an environment with ample available sugars in order to be produced. That’s why atrophy in any area of the brain means that glucose deprivation is occurring.
If sugar isn’t entering into brain cells to feed, sustain, and replenish them, it means the glucose storage is diminishing. As a result, brain cells start to decrease in size and eventually die off rapidly.
Often years and years of a high-fat, high-protein diet create insulin resistance in the brain—fats blocking sugars from entering brain cells. We don’t need to have diabetes for this specific type of insulin resistance to occur.
When the brain isn’t getting the glucose it needs, it also means it’s being deprived of the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytochemical compounds, oxygen, and other nutrients that natural sugars deliver to the brain. Nutrients and sugars enter the brain as one, and fats can’t deliver those nutrients. So when precious glucose is blocked from being put to use in the brain, other precious building blocks are too, which contributes further to brain atrophy.
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This item posted: 19-May-2023
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