By Sanah Faroke, Staff Writer
Despite all these issues I have with nature, I moved from Miami, Fla. to Boston, Mass. for school, but also because of the culture and the four seasons. I may not extend my walks too far from the Boston University bubble as often as I would like, but for some reason, being outside and experiencing the wind on my face, the leaves wavering on tree branches and all the colors of fall clears my mind, if only for a while, but nature has that wonderful affect on me.
Yes, I’m still in the city, but when I get away from the city for a bit, I have a clearer outlook on life and I’m able to focus more when I hit the books or when I have to make a long term decision.
To those who actually go on trips to ski and hike, kudos to you. It’s just not for me, but regardless of the type of nature you intake, it’s no wonder that being outside actually makes us feel good.
Don’t you kind of wish you went on a walk now before having that fifth cup of coffee now? I’ll help you out. The answer is yes.
Researchers have found that when we look at natural landscapes, it can make us more focused in our decision-making processes. In the study, researchers created two different slideshows, one that had natural landscapes and the other that was in a city environment.
Volunteers had to view either the natural or the urban slideshow, in which they listened to an audio that tried to convince the volunteers to become immersed with the landscape they viewed. After all the volunteers watched the slideshow, the researchers offered them either 100 euros ($135) now or a larger sum in 90 days, in which the price would increase in 10 euro ($13) increments until the volunteer chose that new reward over the initial sum.
Here’s where it gets interesting: the volunteers that saw the more natural slideshow rather than the concrete urban slideshow were more willing to wait for an extra 20, 30 or 40 euros. And thus, researchers hinted that the participants who viewed the natural photos were able to make more logical decisions and made them more open to the idea for a delayed gratification.
To make sure that this wasn’t a hoax, the researchers did subsequent experiments with the same idea of showing natural beauty versus a concrete setting and then offered immediate or delayed financial awards to three groups. Like clockwork, participants who were immersed by nature were more inclined to get the delayed future award.
According to the research that appeared this week in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, this implies that those with exposure to natural scenes tend to care more for the future. Kind of scary since we live in this great, giant city called Boston, but there are ways to get your daily dose of nature.
According to researchers, it is possible that on a psychological standpoint, nature moves at a slower pace, while life in the city is so fast paced and we want everything immediate, so we want to mimic what we see.
I’ve tried to take this study into my own hands and while I’m not planning on going fishing or mountain biking, there are many alternatives for city people, like myself, who would rather watch The Big Bang Theory reruns than wake up at 5 a.m. to see the sunrise. You could go to the Esplanade or sail on the Charles River or take a stroll in the Boston Commons. If you want to take it a step further, there’s whale watching, walking trails in the forest, the sandy Boston Harbor National Park and white water rafting.
Don’t like my ideas? You can do some research for yourself or take a hike — literally (and gain some clarity while you’re at it).
The happy camper
If you ever wanted to envision me camping…
By Brooke Jackson-Glidden, Staff Writer
The muggles of the world are having a mild aneurism over the new discovery of Butterbeer Frappuccinos and Steamers at Starbucks, but the secret gem of the holiday season are the warmer alternative: Butterbeer Lattes.
Butterbeer, in the Harry Potter books, is a foamy, warm beverage that tastes “a little bit like less-sickly butterscotch.” Until now, Butterbeer was only sold in the wizarding village of Hogsmeade (don’t you dare tell me it’s fictional), but now you can have every Potterhead’s favorite drink in the form of a Frappuccino or latte.
As a self-proclaimed Potterhead who may or may not have made a Hogwarts dream journal at age 10, I felt obligated to adapt the various recipes for Butterbeer-themed drinks into the perfect concoctions for the holiday season.
Although Butterbeer was consumed cold in Harry Potter when served in bottles, I think that Butterbeer lattes are optimal for the cold weather. However, for those who are interested in something chilly, here is my adapted recipe for a Butterbeer Frappuccino:
BUTTERBEER FRAPPUCCINO (Grande):
- Crème Frappuccino Base
- 3 pumps of caramel syrup
- 4 pumps of toffee nut syrup
- 1 pump of cinnamon dulce syrup
- Whipped cream
So, how does this equal Butterbeer? Easy: caramel is made by heating sugar until it breaks down, and then adding heavy cream. Toffee, on the other hand, adds butter. The alleged “butterscotch” flavor of Butterbeer would require the combination of caramel and butter. The cinnamon-dulce syrup cuts the sweetness of the cream and adds a little bit of magic to the mix.
This adaptation varies from the main recipe circulating online, mainly because they suggest three pumps of each flavor and none of the cinnamon dulce syrup. Having evenly distributed syrups results in a muddled, sweet cream Frappuccino. Plus, the toffee should be more prominent than the caramel: the process of making butterscotch is closer to that of toffee than caramel, mainly because butterscotch requires butter (duh).
But in the freezing cold winter winds of Hogsmeade (or Boston, I guess…), a young wizard like yourself needs something warm and tasty to drink. With finals coming up, you can’t afford to take a trip to Starbucks without pounding down some caffeine. This adapted Butterbeer latte recipe will re-energize you for another round of studying. Who doesn’t need a little magic to get through midterms?
BUTTERBEER LATTE (Tall):
- 3 pumps of caramel syrup
- 2 pumps of toffee nut syrup
- 1 pump of cinnamon dulce syrup
- Whipped cream
Again, the main recipes recommend equal distributions of syrup, but for an enchanted latte like this one, you need to go full engorgio on the caramel and chill out on the cinnamon dulce. Because the espresso already cuts the sweetness of the toffee nut and the caramel, the cinnamon dulce should be less prominent than the other syrups. Also, the caramel syrup should be more prominent in the latte, because the chocolatey quality of the coffee mimics the flavor the toffee nut when combined with the caramel.
Overall, there should be less syrup in the latte than the Frappuccino, because the chilly shake has a higher water content with the addition of ice.
Make sure to accio some Butterbeer as soon as you can — you can only knock back this Hogsmeade classic while the toffee nut flavor is in season.
By Amy Gorel, Staff Writer
Today, many Boston University students don’t even realize the religious foundation our university was founded on — a Methodist tradition (except for that vague memory you have of hearing something about that on your campus tour during high school). And maybe for a good reason.
BU was founded in a Methodist tradition but religious diversity was ingrained in the university from the start.
1839: John Dempster, a Methodist minister from New York state, founded a theological seminary as the Newbury Biblical Institute in Vermont
1869: Methodists William Fairfield Warren, Lee Claflin, Jacob Sleeper and Isaac Rich chartered the petition for one of the first modern research universities in America: Boston University.
The founders apparently included a provision in the Charter calling for the acceptance of religious diversity, according to Kathleen Kilgore in “Transformations, A History of Boston University” :
“No instructor in said University shall ever be required by the Trustees to profess any particular religious opinions as a test of office, and no student shall be refused admission . . . on account of the religious opinions he may entertain; provided, nonetheless, that this section shall not apply to the theological department of said University.”
William Warren, the university’s first president, taught one of the first classes in the U.S. on comparative religion, laying the foundation for religious studies outside the Christian seminary and into the diverse world.
1919: The School of Religious Education and Social Service was established, laying the groundwork for an independent and secular Department of Religion, which was created in 1966.
1970s: Several interdisciplinary programs were founded including the Center for Judaic Studies (now the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies) and the Institute for the Study of Philosophy and Religion.
- The campus at BU supports places of worship and student groups for a great variety of faiths of its diverse population centered on Marsh Chapel.
- While the BU School of Theology is still officially supported by the United Methodist Church, they are interfaith and accept students from all faiths.
- BU has seven university chaplains and more than 29 religious life groups. From a variety of services at Marsh Chapel, which hosts services for many denominations on weekends, Hillel House for Judaic worship and other locations including a Muslim prayer room on the second floor of the George Sherman Union, BU as a unique interplay of different faiths.
By Sanah Faroke, Staff Writer
I woke up this morning and the light was streaming in earlier than usual, the birds were chirping and the crisp air reminded me that fall was upon us… and then it became 4 p.m. and it got dark. ‘Wait, what?’ Oh yeah, it’s that time of year again folks where the days are shorter, because in New England, that just means that you’ll be freezing longer and the sun will wake you up earlier.
Oh, Daylight Savings, you kind of make me sick.
Now, before you think I’m the most depressing person on the planet, I’ll be missing the sun a little more than everyone else here. I’ll give you some reasons why the end of Daylight Savings Time affects all of us more than just changing our alarm clocks.
While sleeping in a little later sounds awesome for one day, giving you an extra hour of sleep, the end of Daylight Savings Time can actually screw up your biological clock.
Our Circadian rhythms are changes in our physical and mental behavior that follow a 24-hour cycle. It typically responds to light and darkness in our environment, so you can see how Daylight Savings Time can affect us biologically too because we can never truly adjust to the time change.
It’s okay to be offended, but don’t take it too much to heart — but some people actually do. With a loss of sleep, a disturbed biological clock and a weakened immune system can hurt us a little, but for those who have a heart condition, this combination can result in heart attacks.
Crazy, huh? I know, but just so you don’t think I’m making this up, I’ll throw in some actual stats that might make you a believer.
According to a cardiovascular researcher at the University of Alabama, the Monday and Tuesday after the time change is on average associated with a 10 percent increase in heart attack cases, so I guess you could say that Daylight Savings isn’t for the faint of heart.
And even if you’ve never had a heart condition, with the change in sleep, according to a study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, there is an increase in workplace injuries over a 23-year period where there was about 3.6 more injuries than usual on the Monday after Daylight Savings Time.
As for the never-ending midterms, researchers at Penn State’s Smeal College of Business discovered that when our sleeping patterns are altered, it affects our performance too. So, all that time trying to understand supply and demand on a global scale can all be blamed on Daylight Savings.
According to researchers at Penn State, about 20 percent of the time that was assigned to do a task wasn’t used productively when participants ha disruptions in their sleeping patterns.
I guess when it comes to the change of Daylight Savings, it’s not helping us very much. You can thank good ol’ Ben Franklin for that, who came up with the concept to use the most of daylight hours, which in theory is great, but when I wake up at 6 a.m. because the light is shining through the windows, no amount of happy chirping birds are going to stop me from seconding my soul sister, Winnie Sanderson:
By Andy Powers, Staff Writer
Despite their new electro-pop trappings, Fitz and the Tantrums is still running on soul power. The band began firmly in retro-soul territory with 2010’s “Pickin’ Up the Pieces”, but with their sophomore release, “More than Just a Dream,” Fitz and company ditched the horns for synths.
Their new, modern sound brought in success with a mainstream audience and assuaged Fitz’s fear of being typecast as just another retro outfit, however the band also lost some of its distinctive flavor. Both sounds were on full display at the House of Blues on Monday night.
The band is certainly up to the challenge of either style and swapped between their new and old stuff with ease. Whether they were blowing out the speakers with their 2013 pop attack or laying down old school soul on James King’s sax, the band was at the top of their craft.
Any attempt to decide which sound is better would be like comparing apples to oranges; however, the lack of middle ground means that the band loses half the audience at the beginning of each song. Michael Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs, the lead vocalists, managed to bridge this gap by dressing their new songs with gospel-like introductions, and the old songs got a slick layer of polish to bring them into the new decade.
But these temporary fixes do not make for a cohesive image, and the band threatens to continually buck its audience with each new album.
Fans were probably better served by the Tantrums’ tour mates, Capital Cities. Capital Cities also manages to avoid being pigeon-holed as just another retro group, despite a clear disco influence. This band simultaneously makes use of hip hop beats, funky samples, and a trumpet so syrupy it could give Mrs. Butterworth a run for her money, and the result is familiar and cutting edge all at once.
Capital Cities’ sounds like it’s accomplishing what Fitz and the Tantrums are failing at. They have managed to keep retro fresh without losing any of their uniqueness in the process. But Capital Cities are missing the one skill that Fitz and the Tantrums have mastered.
Fitz and the Tantrums have an uncanny ability to make the audience feel as if it were part of the show. The way that Scaggs calls on the audience for “soul power” or the long winded monologues Fitzpatrick unleashes before diving into a song, make it feel as if the band is performing with the crowd, not for it.
The band might cull its audience with each new album, but that only adds to the sense of exclusivity. As long as Fitz and the Tantrums can pull the soul out of whatever genre they find themselves in, they can depend on the crowd for fuel.
By Olivia Shur, Staff Writer
Looking for a less traditional haunted house? Check out the Haunted Ship at the USS Salem. You’ll walk through a variety of eerie rooms, like a creepy kitchen and a child’s room filled with dolls. You’ll also learn about the ghosts that are believed to actually haunt the USS Salem – and will most likely see a few of them, as well.
2. Ghost Tours in Salem
Take this award-winning ghost tour in the historical site of the Witch Cities. The tour guides are trained paranormal investigators and are experts on all the legends and stories that originated in Salem. If you’re into ghost stories and learning about the Salem witches, this tour is definitely for you. Get your tickets here:
3. See the new version of “Carrie”
If you’re a fan of the original version, be sure to see the remake starring up-and-coming teen star Chloe Grace Moretz as the lead. It’s the same classic story, with pig’s blood and telekinesis, but set in modern day.
4. Buy Candy. Lots of It
Let’s face it – your days of throwing on some kitten ears and thrusting a giant pillow case in your neighbor’s face are over. On the bright side, though, the stress of frantically searching for the house that’s giving away those giant Hershey bars and Reeses pumpkins is no longer an issue. Head on down to your local drugstore, and stock up on all your favorite goodies. Get your floor in on it, and on Halloween, you can still have that experience of trading your giant Butterfinger bar for two bags of peanut M&M’s.
5. Have a Scary Movie Marathon
Include all the classic thrillers, ghost stories, and slasher movies you can think of. Make it a floor event, and watch it in the common room. Some suggestions: “Paranormal Activity”, “Friday the 13th”, “Dawn of the Dead”, “Poltergeist”, “The Ring”, “Rosemary’s Baby”, “The Shining”, “Psycho” and, of course, “Halloween.”
6. Watch “Hocus Pocus” (and “Halloween Town” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas”…)
Scary movies not for you? Tune into ABC Family every night up until midnight on Halloween to catch all of your family friendly, feel-good Halloween tales. It’ll get you in the Halloween spirit – without scaring your pants off. One that they unfortunately don’t show that’s a must watch? It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.
7. Make Some Halloween Treats
Besides the usual Apple Cider and Pumpkin Pies, get creative with some fun Halloween recipes. A good place to look is Pinterest, which has an entire category just for Halloween treats you can make at home. Personal favorite: Marshmallow Frankenstein Cupcakes.
8. Go on a Hayride
If you’re looking to get out of the city for a day, this is for you. Venture a little ways out to Boston Hill Farm, located in North Andover. It’s about 30 minutes away on the T, and extra 10 minutes on the bus. They not only have hayrides, but have pumpkin patches, apple picking and even a petting zoo. They also have a bakery, where they make a variety of freshly baked pies, muffins and other tasty goodies.
9. Watch This Clip of Ellen DeGeneres Scaring People
If you hate being scared, this in an alternative option: watching other people getting scared. Watch the hilarity unfold as Ellen sends her executive producer and writer into “The Walking Dead” maze at Universal Studios.
10. Decorate Your Dorm
It may be a small space, but that’s no excuse to leave your dorm Halloween-less! Party City has an abundance of cheap decorations that will fit in your dorm, like cute streamers and stickers for your windows and door. Grab a few small pumpkins and place them around your room; or, get a jack-o-lantern and place it on your windowsill.
11. Carve a Pumpkin…or Ten
If you choose to get those pumpkins for your dorm, get together with your floor mates and have a pumpkin carving session. If you’re stuck on coming up with ideas for carving (or don’t know how to carve a pumpkin in the first place), Google “pumpkin carvings” for some inspiration. If a lot of people carve pumpkins, place them in the common room to get more of your less-enthusiastic floor mates in the Halloween spirit. Bonus points if you name each of them.
12. Go to a Haunted House
A classic Halloween festivity – if you’re into the actual scariness of Halloween. A list of popular haunted houses in the Boston area is available here:
13. Find a Costume – An original one
Ah, the joys of costume shopping. So many choices: do you want to go for the funny costume, (for instance, a giant taco), a cute, flirty look (flapper girl, Disney princess), or, if you’re not into the costume thing, the t-shirt that says, “This is My Costume.” Costumes are the best part of Halloween. It’s the one night out of the entire year where you can literally be anything you want to be.
By Sanah Faroke, Staff Writer
Don’t you just hate it when you’re watching a scary movie and all of a sudden, that kind of music begins to play like sharp, screeching violin strings and you know that something is going to jump out from behind the shower curtain and kill you (well, not you, the character, but it could happen to us #selfabsorbed).
Well, turns out that there’s an actual science to it that makes us scared. It’s not just the fact that Chucky is coming after us or a headless horseman is going to chase us down with an ax. The visuals play a huge part, don’t get me wrong, but the high-pitched music is just equally as stimulatingly terrifying.
Studies found that there is an actual connection between horror movie music and the screams of small scared animals. The irregular minor chords play a toll on a response a mother marmot feels when her children are threatened.
Researchers believe that we, biologically, are also scared when we hear dissonant sounds and minor chords, like the mama marmot. Daniel Blumstein, the leading scientist on the study is an expert on animal distress calls. He studied yellow-bellied marmots in Colorado and noticed that the marmots would “scream,” or make a “nonlinear chaotic noise” when the researchers caught them.
Blumstein put two and two together in a study he first conducted in 2010, linking nonlinear noise to scary music and found that horror producers used a lot of nonlinear noise, like a baby scream or a dissonant chord, and even recordings of animal’s screams just to scare you. It’s a trick! Don’t fall for it.
Blumstein teamed up with Peter Kaye, a film score composer and Greg Bryant, a communications professor to conduct the study. Kaye created two musical clips—one that was emotionally neutral (like something you would hear while you were shopping at Shaw’s) and another that had distorted nonlinear pitches.
Participants then ranked the music to how stimulating they were and what kind of emotion they felt after hearing it, and when it came to the nonlinear elements, participants said they felt fear.
The study also proved that when the music melody became higher, it provoked a more fearful reaction than when the notes were lower. According to Blumstein, could link us back to animal calls where a marmot’s scream pitch escalates when they are scared.
It’s just all in the pitch, isn’t it? And while we now know exactly why we get scared when the chilling soundtrack begins to play as the kid in the “Sixth Sense” says “I see dead people,” it doesn’t help us one bit from getting scared. I’m no scientist, but when you’re alone, and if you’re a wimp like me, you can always mute the TV when “Paranormal Activity” or “The Ring” comes on. It’ll make you less of a Halloween-ie and it’ll be less scary on so many accounts.
You’re in control, unless Samara comes out of the TV, then you’re screwed.
Check out the video below (start at 03:08 unless of course you love Mean Girls):
You felt scared, right?
By Alex Siber, Staff Writer
Can you recall a time when the forerunners of hip-hop’s elite pantheon largely represented the generalizations and pigeonholed stereotypes that the mainstream populace held — perhaps rightfully?
Even as rap’s prominence continues to spread across varying subcultures and demographics (the white rapper is as common as ever, as is rapping in general for that matter — an endless stream of YouTube artists fostered by the Internet Age all lust for fame and recognition), this imagery holds fast within our minds.
In 2013, many aspects of this typecast are far less prominent, and the new school leaders and old guards of the genre stray from the norms of prior decades.
Living legend Kanye West might just be the most publicized artist regardless of genre (often for reasons unrelated to his music), and the only stylistic similarity he bears to the outdated rapper image are his elongated, meme-ified leather skirts that he dons from time to time.
Meanwhile, Jay-Z is still conducting “performance art” in private museum rooms or wearing tuxes with Mr. Timberlake.
While the widespread generalization of the rappers’ image is in desperate need of an upgrade, the growing trend of hip-hop artists issuing apologies for lyrics is a growing trend with potentially unfortunate repercussions. In the past year, several major cases have surpassed the thresholds of the genre and entered the mainstream spotlight.
The ever-successful Rick Ross made headlines earlier this year thanks to a particular line of his in a remix to the popular song, “U.O.E.N.O.” [produced by Childish Major], in which his lyrics insinuate sexual assault: “Put Molly all in her champagne, she ain’t even know it.”
With coverage ranging from MTV News to CNN, Ross’s rhymes set fire to the media landscape. Previously endorsed by shoe company Reebok, the aggressive pressure group UltraViolet stated that this commercial pairing meant that the apparel corporation condoned rape.
In response, Ross apologized publicly to Billboard Magazine, saying that his decision to include the aforementioned lines did not accurately reflect his “true heart” and was sorely regretted. This scenario raises key questions regarding the current state of rap as a microcosm for the rest of society, as well as the legitimacy of Reebok’s course of action. What can an artist from a generally controversial genre say, and at what point is a line trespassed, thus resulting in consequence?
From a broad scope, political correctness pervades the modern culture. While this is not always a bad thing (the gradual elimination of words such as “faggot” or “retard” from casual vocabulary, for example), a classic consequence is the gentrification of culture. Rap is no different, and apologies for lines such as Ross’s were no commonality earlier in the history of hip-hop music. Looking specifically at Reebok’s decision, one likely feels unsurprised by the resolve.
More specifically, it begs us to ask what lyrics are considered suitable, or acceptable (and therefore expected) for a rapper to implement into his or her work. Ross is no saint, and countless usages of certain words or violent phrases arguably warrant a similar reaction, even if such a response occupies a level of lessened severity.
Artists J. Cole and Drake underwent a similar critical experience thanks to a certain line in the remix “Jodeci’s Back,” a collaborative remix between the two: “I’m artistic, you n***as is autistic, retarded.” The sentence prompted the Anti-Bullying Alliance to offer a petition for the removal of the lyrics, which registered more than 2,500 signatures. Cole tweeted an apology before extending his expression of regret further through an online letter, and Drake, who felt guilty by association, also provided a public apology.
Personally, I do not defend these lines. Nor do I defend their implications. I possess no secret hopes of slurs such as “faggot” or depictions of rape becoming a phenomena that sweeps the world of hip-hop, a world once defined by its grittiness and raw mentality.
What I do believe, though, is that the political correctness gradually growing in rap can have culturally disastrous side effects. In the past, comparable lyrics made for nation-sweeping entertainment.
Simply put, if you don’t enjoy what you’re hearing, you need not listen. The price to pay is a slippery slope, challenging the spirit and heterogeneous character of a powerful style of music, and lifestyle for millions.
By Amy Gorel, Staff Writer
In case you missed it:
1. Whoever wins the Nov. 5 election and replaces Menino will be the first new mayor in 20 years.
2. Mass. Rep. Martin Walsh and City Councilor John Connolly are vying for the position.
- Walsh came in first in the September primaries, with 20,838 votes, or 18.47% of the votes.
- Walsh worked as a union laborer before being elected to the House of Representatives in 1997. He continued to be active in labor union affairs.
- Connolly came in second with 19,420 votes, or 17.22% of the votes.
- Connolly is a former public school teacher who became city councilor. He is focusing his campaign on education and reforming Boston Public Schools.
3. Less than a third of registered voters participated in the September primary. According to Mark Trachtenberg, precinct election supervisor of the BU area, reported that less than 30 BU students voted in the primary.
- Even though your license might not say Massachusetts, you could still register to vote here since you will be living here for at least four years of your life.
4. Connolly has a slight advantage over Walsh in preliminary polls, but the race is close: http://www.wbur.org/2013/10/18/elm-mayor-poll
5. November 5 is election day! The municipal election will determine the mayor, city councilors at-large and district city councillors will be. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
- Though its too late to register for this election (needed to be done by Oct. 16), you could still prepare for future Massachusetts elections by registering here
By Stephanie Smith, Staff Writer
Candy actually can rot our brains.
Cavities aren’t all we have to worry about for this sweet treat season, type 3 diabetes is hidden in those sweets too.
Though these treats may be tempting and delicious, there’s a new reason that we may want to avoid eating them in excess. I’m sorry I have to be the one to break it to you, but we all have to face it sometime!
We’ve been told time and again that eating sweets can cause weight gain and could eventually result in type 2 diabetes. Now, after a decade of research, there’s evidence to prove that these sugar-packed snacks may also affect our brain. I guess all that candy can rot your brain. An article from Women’s Health explains the concept of brain diabetes and how this could easily affect us.
Neuropathologist at Brown University, Suzanne de La Monte, M.D., M.P.H. has worked with a team of researchers for a decade to uncover the truth about type 3 diabetes. The researchers found that insulin-resistant brain cells in rats caused them to show Alzheimer-like disease patterns, including neurodegeneration.
How does this happen?
First, let me refresh your memory on the process of insulin resistance. Every cell in the body needs glucose for energy, which you get from the food that you eat. Insulin is a hormone that’s produced in the pancreas, used to help cells take up glucose from the bloodstream for energy.
When we gorge ourselves with candy corn and chocolate, there’s an excess of glucose in the bloodstream, so more insulin is created. But, your cells can potentially become resistant to the increased insulin in your body.
When cells become insulin-resistant, they don’t get enough energy, so they deteriorate. Brain cells are easily affected by lack of energy resulting in memory loss and confusion, which are the trademark symptoms of Alzheimer’s.
Does this mean that people with diabetes are at a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s?
According to The Hisayama Study from 2011, a group of Japanese researchers, say yes — obesity, diabetes and Alzheimer’s are all linked.
De La Monte said in an interview with Women’s Health that since the obesity epidemic is expanding (and diabetes rates are soaring) these problems are sure to increase Alzheimer’s diagnosis in the U.S., which will stress our healthcare system and shorten our overall lifespan.
So how can we avoid this diagnosis and potential epidemic?
As a public health professional, De La Monte says the best way to reverse the problem is to prevent it completely. Stop the obesity epidemic and there will be fewer patients diagnosed with diabetes.
It’s also never too late to safeguard your own health, either. The most helpful method to avoid type 3 diabetes and potential complications is to cut back on sugar.
This doesn’t sound fun, but it doesn’t mean you have to eliminate sugar completely. By keeping sugar consumption to a minimum, you’re automatically at a lower risk of developing type 2 and type 3 diabetes.
But just because you’re reducing sugar intake doesn’t mean that you should substitute those treats with other unhealthy foods. Remember that consuming other unhealthy foods can cause weight gain and obesity that not only affects your development of Alzheimer’s, but also increases your likelihood for developing other chronic diseases.
So skip the candy apples and go for a real apple instead. It’ll taste just as good, be better for your teeth and better for your brain. Don’t over think it!