Blood sugar is often thought of as an ALL or NOTHING situation.
If you have diabetes, it’s ALL you worry about. And if you don’t? You can blow it off as NOTHING to even think about. We assume that if you don’t have the disease, you don’t have to stress over it.
Well, my friend, I’m not here to give you anything else to stress over. You can get that just by turning on the news.
But I do have a note of caution about your blood sugar. It turns out there IS a very good reason for all of us to keep it in mind regardless of whether or not we have diabetes.
Because the higher your levels go… with or without the disease… the bigger your risk of facing something you might never expect.
It’s not just diabetes you need to be concerned about. There’s another “d” word that’s tied to your blood sugar. And in many ways, this one may be even more frightening than diabetes.
New research reveals higher blood sugar could put you on a path toward dementia.
Your brain and high blood sugar don’t mix
Your brain is just about the thirstiest part of your body. It’s only TWO percent of your body weight but soaks up about 20 percent of all your blood to get at the oxygen and nutrients inside.
The downside to that? It’s also getting dosed up on everything else hanging out in your blood. So if you’re hauling around excess sugar, a lot of it’s going right to the old noggin.
And that’s a problem. Because excess sugar in the blood can do so much damage inside the brain, especially when you have diabetes, that some experts have nicknamed Alzheimer’s disease “type 3 diabetes.”
But new research shows how too much sugar can cause troubles with your thinker even without a diabetes diagnosis.
High blood sugar can raise your odds of:
- Mental decline, which can lead to cognitive impairment, by 42 percent
- Vascular dementia, caused by poor blood flow, by 54 percent
Diabetes, of course, can also send you on the path toward cognitive struggles. In fact, it TRIPLES your odds of vascular dementia, for example.
But clearly, elevated blood sugar, even without the disease, can also leave you exposed.
Help protect your brain from surging sugars
If you have diabetes, you already know how crucial controlling blood sugar is. Which makes this just one more EXCELLENT reason to keep those levels in check.
But if you don’t have diabetes, you should take steps to reign your blood sugar in too.
One word of warning, however. Non-diabetics DON’T need to start taking heavy-duty and risky diabetes drugs like metformin.
Some docs are starting to push them for “prediabetes.” But you can keep your numbers in check with simple, safe lifestyle tweaks instead.
(Over 70? Find out the TRUTH about prediabetes.)
Skip or limit the added sugars, ultra-processed grains, starches, and other carbs that send blood glucose levels through the roof. Then, eat more soluble fiber, which can help naturally balance blood sugar.
These easy changes can help you steer clear of a future diabetes diagnosis and help protect your brain at the same time.
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