Aug 092013

A new study from the University of Washington in Seattle shows that high levels of blood sugar, even for those without diabetes, increases your risk of developing dementia.

The study involved 2,067 people 65 and older over a 7 year period. Of these, 232 participants had diabetes at the start of the study, and the rest did not.

The diabetes free participants with high blood glucose levels had an 18% greater risk of developing dementia than those with lower sugar levels. Participants with diabetes and high blood sugar levels had a 40% greater risk.

The results of the study show a clear link between increased blood sugar levels and a greater risk of developing dementia. Blood sugar control is important for cognitive health for both diabetics and non-diabetics. Every additional amount of sugar in your blood stream increases your risk of developing some form of dementia, including Alzheimer’s.

This and other studies suggest that the best way to improve cognitive health as we age is through moderate exercise, blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol control. There’s no substitute for a healthy lifestyle. There’s no magic pill and may never be such a pill that cures poor health as the result of an unhealthy lifestyle.

In addition to an increase risk of cognitive diseases, high blood glucose levels have also been linked to an increased risk of heart disease and cancer. Our bodies simply are not designed to process the amount of sugar that modern society consumes each day. The message is clear. Either start controlling your blood sugar levels, or run the risk of developing heart disease, cancer and now, dementia.

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