There’s a lot the doctors will tell you about your diabetes. They’ll fill your brain to bursting with diet advice, medication information, and warnings about blood-sugar control, heart health, and more.
Honestly, it’s almost impossible to keep it all straight. Heck, they’ll chew your ears off if you let them.
But there’s one thing they almost certainly won’t share with you. And it’s a crying shame because this revelation could be one of the MOST critical pieces of information a diabetic senior can learn in many ways.
It’s a vital detail that could make all the difference between healthy aging or a rapid decline into a nightmare. Because the latest research confirms just what’s on the line with shocking clarity… your BRAIN.
It turns out diabetes could make your dementia risk soar. And that’s especially true if you’ve had diabetes for 10 years or more.
But it’s also an opportunity – a chance to turn things around and ensure many more years of a healthy brain and good living are to come.
The truth about diabetes and brain health
Now, just to be clear, this isn’t some entirely new revelation. In fact, researchers have known all about the brain risk diabetics face for years.
After all, they identified the issue that likely causes it long ago. Plus, those in the know have seen it happen so often… and to so many seniors… they call it “type 3 diabetes.”
“Type 3 diabetes” is when rising blood sugar, the hallmark of the disease, manages to damage the brain. And that, in turn, leads to cognitive decline and potentially dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
The longer you’ve had diabetes, the more that brain risk grows. In fact, if you’re over 70 and have had diabetes for 10 years or more, you’re now facing DOUBLE the risk of dementia, according to the new study.
But don’t rest too easy if you’ve been diagnosed more recently. A diabetes diagnosis between 6 and 10 years ago means your odds of dementia jump by 50 percent. And if you’ve been diabetic for 5 years or less, your still 11 percent more likely to develop dementia than your average Joe.
Slash your dementia risk without drugs
The risk diabetes poses to your brain doesn’t get the attention it deserves. It’s usually overshadowed by more immediate dangers such as heart problems that can strike at any time.
In comparison, dementia seems more like a “someday” risk. So brain health usually gets placed on the back burner. But the new study raises a red flag. It turns out that this “someday” can arrive a lot sooner than anyone expected.
And while the researchers didn’t give a specific reason for the risk, previous research HAS found a connection to high blood sugar. Other studies have even tied elevated blood sugar in folks WITHOUT diabetes to cognitive risks, including dementia.
The bottom line? The new study makes it clear that waiting too long to reign in rising blood sugar could have tragic consequences.
So whether you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes already or you’re just concerned about elevated blood sugar, you can start protecting your brain against dementia starting TODAY.
Begin by simply tweaking your diet. Cut WAY back on the empty carbs, especially those that come from added sugars and ultra-processed foods.
And then consider adding some natural supplements to the mix, too, such as…
- cinnamon (look for a water-based extract)
- chia seeds
A naturopathic or integrative medicine physician can help you decide which supplements and blood-sugar management approaches are best for you. But remember, the longer you wait, the higher your risk for dementia rises. So get started right away.