What we are studying
Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is an irreversible disease that results in a loss of mental function due to the deterioration of brain tissue.
Recent studies show that people with impaired memory may have problems with the way their bodies use blood sugar. These problems may be due in part to the way certain hormones, such as insulin, affect the body’s ability to use sugar.
In people with Alzheimer’s disease, improvements in blood sugar regulation have been shown to improve the ability to remember new information. These findings provide some clues about what causes problems with memory, attention and concentration in some people with Alzheimer’s disease and other memory problems.
The purpose of this research study is to evaluate whether a type of insulin (Humulin® R) improves memory when administered intranasally (as a “nasal spray”) to adults with a mild memory impairment or early Alzheimer’s disease.