WELLNESS & FITNESS

Studies Reveal A Surprising Link Between Sugar Intake And Alzheimer's

Date July 27, 2018

Several studies have shown that there's a direct link between our sugar intake and the likelihood of getting Alzheimer's in the future.

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People who have diabetes are about twice as likely to develop Alzheimer's disease or a form of dementia later in life. 

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In a study published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease in 2016, Professor Melissa Schilling observed the pathway between insulin and Alzheimer's disease based on several published articles specific to the topic.

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Schilling discovered a strong connection known as hyperinsulinemia. This is often caused by prediabetes, early or undiagnosed diabetes. It was found that it is responsible for almost half of all Alzheimer's cases.

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She stated in the study that the biggest issue is those who do not even know they have hyperinsulinemia and urged that more people should get tested.

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This is especially important for those who have been diagnosed with a form of dementia or are at risk of getting it.

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Her findings implied that all dementia patients should be tested immediately for glucose intolerance problems as it's possible that early intervention can slow or reverse the condition.

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Even if you do not have or are not at risk for dementia, it's also important that you get tested for hyperinsulinemia to ensure early treatment.

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Rachel Whitmer, Ph.D., an epidemiologist in the research division of Kaiser Permanente Northern California, who has also looked into the subject, urged the general public to understand how diabetes can almost double the risk of Alzheimer's.

A high blood sugar has been found to contribute to the hardening and narrowing of arteries in the brain as well. This condition which is known as atherosclerosis can actually cause vascular dementia.

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A longitudinal study published in the journal Diabetologia, also confirmed that those with high blood sugar are more likely to suffer a faster rate of cognitive decline than those whose blood sugar is normal.

Source: NCBI, CNN, Ios Press

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