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Even Slightly Elevated Blood Sugar Decreases Brain Size

Elizabeth Renter
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September 16th, 2012
Updated 11/01/2012 at 10:15 pm
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New research published in this month’s issues of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, finds that people with elevated blood sugar levels that fall even on the higher end of the normal range are at a greater risk for brain shrinkage related to diseases like dementia.

According to Medical News Today, this is the first evidence that the same shrinkage and dementia associated with type 2 diabetes can be found in people with only slightly elevated blood sugar, or even high-end normal blood sugar levels.

Scientists evaluated 249 people between the ages of 60 and 64. All participants had normal blood sugars at the beginning of the study. Brain scans were taken then, and four years later.

The subjects with higher fasting blood glucose levels, but levels that still fell within the normal range (typically between 70 and 100 mg/dL), were more likely to have a loss of brain volume in the hippocampus and amygdala. This is significant because these areas are commonly associated with memory and cognitive skills. These slightly elevated higher blood sugar levels were not high enough to be considered diabetic (180 mg/dL) or even prediabetic (110 mg/dL), but were just at the high end of normal.

After analyzing the data and adjusting for other risk factors including smoking, high blood pressure, alcohol use, and other factors, the high-end-of-normal blood sugar levels accounted for six to ten percent of the brain shrinkage.

What Does Elevated Blood Sugar Mean for You?

What does this mean for you? It means that even slight elevations in blood glucose levels can increase your risk of age-related dementia. Slightly elevated blood sugar could, in the long run, shrink your brain causing problems with memory and cognitive function.The research gives yet another reason to shift to a diet and lifestyle that will promote healthy blood sugar levels.

“These findings suggest that even for people who do not have diabetes, blood sugar levels could have an impact on brain health,” said one of the study’s lead authors. “More research is needed, but these findings may lead us to re-evaluate the concept of normal blood sugar levels and the definition of diabetes.”

So, how can you ensure your blood sugar levels are at the low or mid-range of normal? Take care of your health! Some home remedies for high blood pressure may also be excellent for reducing blood sugar levels, while cinnamon for diabetes and blood sugar has also been used as a simple and most valuable solution. Exercise regularly, eat whole, natural foods, and avoid over-consumption of sugar – try to stick to around 25g/day (although anything less than your current intake is probably improvement).

Foods that may help control blood sugar includes things like: beans and legumes, whole grains, vitamin K and magnesium-rich foods, turmeric, and fresh produce.

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  1. Gery Maes says:

    SUGAR IS VERY BAD and also FRUCTOSE : Indeed it burns your brain cells away slowly, and similar to sugar it does. Doctor Proffessor Geuns from the K.U. University of Leuven – Belgium, made Laboratory toxicology analyses during 30 years and stated clearly those substances like Fructose’s and sugars, (all processed sweet food additives) are toxic and harmful for the brain and many other organs. Myself being a certified orthomlecular medical nutrition therapist, advice everyone to decrease the sugar consumption to the lowest level possible, and to consume sugars that aren’t processed at all but just natural, such as: direct sugarcane “cold pressed”, cold pressed honey, and slow carbohydrates like fruit (preferably not dried but purely fresh fruit) such that one can allow oneself body to metabolically transfer the slow carbohydrates into fuel for the cell-structures. We actually shall never feed our cells with sugars, but mostly with substances that one can find in nature. There are plenty of studies done by universities that show that sugar and fructoses affect the brain cells and our dopamine’s stronger than hard drugs leading to addiction, and the neurological poisoning can be avoided by alerting the public about the dangers of consuming foodstuffs wherein the sugars are added by the manufacturers of food. Maybe awareness and education together with sensibly the public about the dangers of sugars is The Crucial and Urgent approach. Look at this petition and sign up and share others to do the same please: http://www.change.org/petitions/law-enforcement-f….
    Have also a look at the following pages: http://www.antisugarassociation.org/

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