Dementia is a term that is used to describe a loss of mental and emotional capacities. This can include a loss in memory and intelligent reasoning.
But if you’re concerned about not being in control of your mental faculties later in life, this article might bring you a bit of hope.
In a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, it was discovered that anyone with high-levels of blood sugar could be at risk for developing dementia. This is new because prior studies linked dementia to diabetes. But now you may not have to be a diabetic to succumb.
You may have noticed that I used terms such as “at risk” and “may”. That’s because the study is preliminary. It involved recording the blood sugar levels of people who were over 76 years old and didn’t have diabetes.
However, the researchers found that as a person’s blood sugar level increased, the greater the risk of having dementia. Again, for now this is all a nice theory based on preliminary information.
But I think it’s wise to maintain keep a low blood sugar level for a number of reasons. First of all, if it’s low, you probably won’t develop diabetes. And second, it will be good for your overall health.
Now, if your blood sugar level is currently high, there are some things that you can do to bring it down. If you’re over weight, you should lose enough pounds so that you are at the recommended weight for your body type and age. If you’re not certain of your ideal weight, your doctor can help with that.
The next thing that you can do is to exercise. I know, I know…it sound like a hassle. But exercise has always been a good thing. If you can squeeze in 30 minutes per day for exercising such as brisk walking, you’ll be ahead of the game.
I can appreciate that you may currently be carrying a few more pounds than you’d like and 30 minutes of intense activity could be a bit much. No worries. Do what you can. Get up and go.
Heck, you could walk up and down stairs, rather than take the elevator or escalator. Or, walk around the interior of your local mall.
Over time, you’ll be able to pick up the pace.
Finally, you should watch what you eat. This is tied to losing weight, but there are some specific foods that can directly spike your blood sugar. These should be avoided all together.
– white rice
– white bread
– sugary drinks
– red meat
– fast foods
– packaged baked goods
Instead, consume more fresh fruits and vegetables. Pay attention to what’s on food labels. If you can’t understand all the additives and preservatives that are going into your body, you should probably avoid them.
By doing these things, you stand a much better chance of living a longer life on your own terms without any long term continuous help from others. Good luck and good health.