High blood sugar level linked to dementia

10 Aug

For several decades, there has been speculation that blood sugar dysregulation might play a role in Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. This is because people with type II, adult on set, diabetes, have been shown to have a higher risk of dementia.

Now a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine, has provided additional support for this hypothesis. The most surprising finding was that a higher blood sugar level was associated with a higher risk of dementia even for people who did not have diabetes.  The New York Times has a good summary.

While these findings are still tentative, the prudent course of action is to take steps to reduce your risk of high blood sugar and diabetes. This includes exercise and a plant based diet.

 

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