You know my father in law was going through this Alzheimers progression about a year ago. It was tramatic to watch my wife and all of our family struggle to understand the lack of capability of anyone to absolutely evaluate this desease and differentiate it from what we finally came to realize it was a series of very low level and frequent heart issues(possible the meds).
The starving, the confusion, the weight loss, general weakening, the hopelessness slipping away... sounded like the symptoms of untreated undiagnosed type 1 before insulin that I read about in "Discovering Insulin"(I think the title was..).** But in the gravity of the situation, I could not get anyone to look at this, and I didn't want to push, it was already too painful.... The most that we got was an occasional nurse took an occasional BG. And 70 was ok....I am still not so sure I aggree(anyone else??)...(I still think when you average close to 70mg/dl(A1c-metric equivalent that is) you are loosing weight/body mass and over 100 mg/dl(A1c-5.9) you slightly gaining wt/mass.
I asked similar Diabetes connection questions on a Alzheimers Message Board, but I don't really think non-diabetics get it....sometime even doctors or nurses...if their not diabetic themselves, "get it"(feel it understand the diabetic delima-control). I even notice I didn't get it(what diabetes really is...BG control of no control...) with my mothers 20 years of Diabetes ...until "I" was diagnosed...and now the rest of my family doesn't seem to get it...get it?
any way!! I have read a lot about Alzheimers....and I "feel" the similarities may be there ...but I probably don't really "get it" either....get it?
(can you give an exact reference?...thanks)
** you know I'll bet this is also siimlar to the the waisting syptom of aides,...and maybe even some level constant toxic exosure. What else?