What’s Sugar Got to Do With Dementia?

A recent study on blood sugar levels and brain deterioration indicated that normal blood sugars that were on the high end were more likely to have less brain volume in key areas of the hippocampus (memory) and amygdala (emotion and cognition). Shrinkage in both of these areas is also linked to developing Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia. Elevated blood sugar is associated with dementia.

This echoes the findings of several other studies in which abnormally high blood sugar levels (glucose levels of 105-115 mg per deciliter or 6.1-6.4 mmol per liter) were associated with an increased risk of dementia.

Controlling blood sugar levels is a well-known approach to living a healthy long life but is not always as simple as following a healthy diet and getting more exercise.  Blood sugar can be affected by low testosterone, high cortisol levels and estrogen/progesterone imbalances. It can also be affected by toxins and chemical exposures. At our upcoming retreat,  we will examine all of these effects on blood sugar, insulin and cognition. For more information: click here.

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