Dementia link to blood sugar level

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A new study has linked your blood sugar levels to dementia risk, even if you don’t suffer from diabetes. Is your blood sugar putting you at risk?

A new study, undertaken by the Group Health, University of Washington (UW) has found that higher blood sugar levels are associated with an increased risk of dementia, despite your diabetes status.

The data was collected over five years from 2000 Group Health patients, aged 65 and over, who were participating in the Adult Changes in Thought (ACT) study. It looked at information from participants’ visits to the Group Health providers as well as the research visits undertaken every second year. This gave an average of 17 blood sugar readings per participant over the five-year period.

The study found that in participants without diabetes, those with an average blood glucose level of 115 milligrams per decilitre (mg/dl) were 18 per cent more likely to get dementia than those with an average blood glucose level of 100 mg/dl. For participants with diabetes, those who had an average blood glucose level of 190 mg/dl were 40 per cent more likely to get dementia than those who had an average blood glucose level of 160 mg/dl.

First author Paul K. Crane, MD, MPH, explained, “The most interesting finding was that every incrementally higher glucose level was associated with a higher risk of dementia in people who did not have diabetes. There was no threshold value for lower glucose values where risk levelled off.”

So should you start eating less sugar or lower glycemic index (GI) foods? This particular study did not look at whether lowering your blood sugar levels also lowered your risk of dementia, but the researchers did suggest that those concerned might incorporate walking into their daily routine, as this has been shown to decrease dementia risk. Lowering your blood sugar levels isn’t a bad idea anyway, so if it turns out that it does help to prevent dementia in later studies then you’ll already be ahead of the game.

Read more about this study at the ScienceDaily website.

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Total Comments: 9
  1. 0

    I read this article in The New York Times.

    Is it possible that “they” need scientific evidence to justify the price hike in products & food stuffs containing SUGAR …/?
    This seems to be the trend in today”s world, a tax on everything & everything taxed.

    Albeit “they” have allowed the stripping of as many nutrients as possible from produce & food stuffs & the liberal adding of sugar to everything in sight & all this in the name of the almighty – profit = $$$$$’s

    I am 62 years old & have type 2 diabetes.
    Being perfect in every way, I got my diet & eating the 6 little meals each day to work – It is not easy to eat so many time in one day, but practice makes perfect – & everything is under control.
    But I was told by the Dr. that I could have artificial sweeteners instead.

    But – & maybe I have gone mad – but I doubt it very much.
    The – mind over matter aspect – the placebo affect –
    The sweet taste can cause the mind to believe that sugar has been ingested & cause the body to react to a sugar fix.
    How about that.
    When I told this to the Dr. his face went blank.

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    I have a magnificent recipe for a baked Manhattan Cheese Cake in an old edition of The New York Times.
    I it’s made with sour cream & looks like an angel brought it from heaven & popped it in your oven.
    I will put it up on the website when I find where I put that particular edition of the mag…

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    The thing is this :-
    The less sugar you eat
    The more sensitive your taste buds become.
    Which enhances even the minutest sweetness in anything & or everything.
    Even if it is not sugar.
    Hence a sugar fix reaction.
    Go tell the – mind over matter – FACTOR in your brain that you have not touched the stuff.
    The Medical Profession know this as “it could be psychological” as they give you that look of “you are mad” or “you are telling a lie” = imagined illness = what is that psychological name that the medical professional give one when they have imagined illness – I can’t think of it right at this moment.
    I myself am concerned as to my own slipping into a demented state at this point in time.

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    Mind Fiction: Why your brain tells tall tales
    07 October 2006 by Helen Phillips
    Magazine issue 2572.

    This mag is on line & I am certain that you will all find this article as fascinating as I did.
    We all hate to be told lies, it make one so cross, to say the least.
    It helped me to understand what lies are & why my brother in law told porkies continuously.

  5. 0

    I just remembered :-

    What is a Hypercondriac ?

    Hypercondriac is a condition that affects the mind where a person thinks that they are ill yet in real sense they are not.

  6. 0

    Hi Nightshade

    Keep ’em coming. Your thoughts on dementia, that is. And other things. Quite entertaining.

    ps still waiting for that Manhatten Cheesecake recipe.

  7. 0

    Yesthank U nightshade would ove to see the Manhatten Cheese-cake. If U R worried about Dementia U could try Coconut oil . I know it has cholesterol but it’s reported to be good for Dementia. I had my husband on it 1 dessert spoon in his porrige mine too He had Dementia but I worried about the cholestreol , I lost him anyway eventually but wished I had persevered with the oil ..I know several people who fry in coconut oil . I haven’t tried yet . Walk regularly if U can & keep up the healthy eating . There is a lot of info. re coconut oil on the web.

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    I believe we use a different count for blood sugar levels here in Australia. The article was taken from research in the U.S. Can anyone ‘translate’ the figures over so that it’s usable by us here? (mg/dl) Otherwise, can you give the equation so we can calculate it ourselves? Thanks.

  9. 0

    Sorry; I think the ml/dl is the US; mmol/litre is the Aussie, yes?



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