November 24th, 2016
Contributing writer for Wake Up World
If you have diabetes — or would like to prevent the disease altogether — current research has added yet another reason to keep blood sugar levels in check: heightened risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
By identifying the toxic byproducts created when sugars combine with proteins or fat, researchers have zeroed in on a major culprit behind the brain damage caused by diabetes, as well as disorders of the cardiovascular system, kidney and liver. Found in a wide range of processed foods and animal products, we’re ingesting more of these toxins than ever before. But take heart, a few simple steps can significantly reduce exposure and counteract the damage that’s already occurred.
A multitude of studies over the last decade have shown a strong association between diabetes, high insulin levels and a greater chance of developing Alzheimer’s. What’s more, they’ve discovered why.
“Scientists from Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, CA, reported that diabetic individuals with very poor blood sugar control experience a dramatically increased risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s. Their eight-year study, which tracked 22,852 patients aged 50 or above with type II diabetes, sought to determine whether elevated glycosylated hemoglobin, a marker of long-term blood sugar control, correlated with an increased risk of dementia. They found that patients with very poor blood sugar control were more likely to develop dementia. … According to the study authors, “Effective blood sugar control may lower risk of another diabetes-associated complication — dementia.”’ [source]
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