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Alzheimer’s Can Be a Potential Side Effect of a Sugary High Carb Diet

It is looking like Alzheimer’s is another potential side effect of a sugary, Western-style diet.

A study about the affects of a sugary diet and cognitive decline was published in the journal of Diabetologia.  It found that people with high blood sugar had a faster rate of cognitive decline than those with normal blood sugar.

Dementia is currently not curable, so it is very important to study the risk factors.

Another study conducted by Melissa Schilling, a professor at New York University, connecting diabetes to Alzheimer’s in 2016. She  found that people who have type 2 diabetes are about twice as likely to get Alzheimer’s, and people who have diabetes and are treated with insulin are also more likely to get Alzheimer’s, suggesting elevated insulin plays a role in Alzheimer’s.

Diabetes can also weaken the blood vessels, which increases the likelihood that you’ll have ministrokes in the brain, causing various forms of dementia. A high intake of simple sugars can make cells, including those in the brain, insulin resistant, which could cause the brain cells to die. Meanwhile, eating too much in general can cause obesity.

“Alzheimer’s is like a slow-burning fire that you don’t see when it starts,” Schilling said. It takes time for clumps to form and for cognition to begin to deteriorate. “By the time you see the signs, it’s way too late to put out the fire.”           

It is important to monitor your diet and stay active to live a fully beneficial healthy lifestyle.  Not only does eating healthy and working out keep you fit, it also keeps your mind healthy as you age.  Having health insurance will also contribute to you living longer.  Preventative healthcare is one of the many benefits of having health insurance.  Taking advantage of your health insurance will keep you informed on your health and how to keep yourself healthy longer.

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