According to a new study, those blood sugar woes might not be the end of your struggles. That’s because diabetes and prediabetes can speed up cognitive decline.
Researchers measured the blood sugar and tested the memory and cognitive function of over 5,000 people — none of whom had already been diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease — and then followed up with them 10 years later.
Now, after a decade, you’d expect everybody to show SOME degree of cognitive decline — and that’s exactly what happened.
But here’s where it gets interesting: When researchers repeated those same blood sugar and cognitive tests, those with diabetes or prediabetes saw their memories and cognitive function deteriorate at a much faster rate than those with normal blood sugar.
And that may be because, as previous studies have shown, excess blood sugar can do PHYSICAL harm to your gray matter.
It can damage delicate cells in the areas of your brain that control everything from memory to speech to movement… and also reduce the ability of your brain’s immune system to tamp down inflammation.
And if your blood sugar stays high over a long period of time, your brain may even form the plaques and tangles associated with Alzheimer’s disease, a severe form of dementia that some scientists now call “type 3 diabetes”!
So, if you want to keep your brain sharp as the years pass, stay away from not only the usual sugary suspects (i.e., candy, cookies, and cakes), but also from processed foods — ranging from cereal to yogurt to ketchup – that are typically stuffed with added sugar that you may not even know is there.
I recommend switching to the Paleo diet, which eliminates all processed foods in favor of FRESH meats, produce, nuts, and seeds that hold your blood sugar steady.
If you need a little extra help, both cinnamon and the natural supplement berberine (“Emperor’s Salt”) can rein in your blood sugar effectively and without drugs.
And finally, exercise slashes your risk of diabetes, too. Get up off that couch and start moving.
Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
Diabetes and prediabetes speed up cognitive decline, published online, realadvantagenutrients.com/health-blog/2018/02/19/diabetes-prediabetes-speed-cognitive-decline/