Can your diabetes lead to dementia?
Well, here we are--the holiday season is upon us. It really came up quickly this year--and there's still so much shopping and baking and preparing to do!
Of course, for many of us, the holidays can be a time of stress and worry. Over the next several weeks, cookies, pies, and other homemade goodies will be piled high on the table--and they'll get harder and harder to resist.
There's the worry about putting on a few extra pounds, for sure. But for a lot of people, then there's a much bigger reason to worry--type 2 diabetes and blood-sugar management.
And if you're someone for whom managing your blood sugar is a concern, I'm sure this is already on your mind; you didn't need me to remind you.
But what you may not know is that there's a whole new reason to carefully manage your diabetes.
Recently, a study published in the journal Diabetes Care uncovered a frightening link between type 2 diabetes and cognitive impairment. That's right--on top of all the other complications that can come with having diabetes, now you have to worry about your brain, too.
For the past five years, a group of researchers have studied the effects of diabetes on the brain. What they've found is…well…nothing short of alarming. It turns out that cognitive problems such as memory loss, depression, and others can come along with diabetes.
The link is due to two adhesion molecules called sVCAM and sJCAM. These molecules cause inflammation in the brain, affecting blood vessels and causing brain tissue to die. The tissue that's especially vulnerable to this effect is located in the parts of the brain that control decision making, language, memory, and completing complex tasks.
Unfortunately, the researchers found that people with diabetes had "significantly more" brain atrophy than people who didn't have the disease.
On average, your brain starts shrinking about 1 percent per year after you turn 65. Add diabetes to the mix, and you're looking at a shocking decline of 15 percent per year.
Now, I'm not telling you this to scare you. It IS scary, yes--but I'm really telling you to illustrate just how important it is to be vigilant about keeping your blood sugar under control.
But what if you are already doing everything you thought you could do?
The fact is if you're watching your diet, exercising, and following your doctor's advice the last thing you should have to do is live in fear of your next doctor's visit worrying that you still aren't doing enough.
In the past, the team has offered many helpful tactics for diabetes management. One of these natural wonders is chromium. Chromium can reduce heart disease risk and lower insulin levels (one study showing this effect had participants taking 1 milligram of chromium picolinate per day).
Of course, chromium is only the beginning. You can find many more powerful tools for kicking your diabetes by searching the online archive using the search box in the upper right hand corner of the page.
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