One of the lifestyle risks that I discussed was diabetes and out-of-control or poorly-controlled blood sugar levels and the negative impact of that neurologically long-term, including the probable development of dementia.
However, in this recently-released study, German researchers have found that high blood sugar levels that fall within the “normal” range produce poorer memory-testing results than blood sugar levels that were lower.
Additionally, in the people with elevated “normal” blood sugar levels, the researches found that the part of the brain responsible for memory, the hippocampus, was smaller (MRIs and post-mortem autopsies of people suffering from dementia show a dramatically smaller hippocampus as well) than the hippocampus in the people in the study with lower blood sugar levels.
The point? There are a lot of things in life that are completely out of our control. But we have lifestyle choices that are within our control, and while they may not preclude us from developing dementias and/or Alzheimer’s disease eventually, our lifestyle choices, could accelerate or delay it and could minimize it or worsen it.
Today’s the day to start making those lifestyle changes for the better!