During diabetes, the body’s blood sugar levels are unstable, ranging from skyrocketing high levels, right through to down-and-out low levels. This constant rollercoaster of effects on the blood sugar levels can also lead to many, serious, health issues in the body.
An interesting one that has recently been found by studies suggests that type 2 diabetes can be a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease, as well as vascular and other kinds of dementia. This is because different cardiovascular problems that are associated with diabetes are also often connected to dementia.
These problems often include:
- Poor Blood Circulation
- Heart disease
- Damaged blood vessels
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
Glucose and the Brain
Similar to what happens to people with diabetes; people who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease often have problems with their brain using glucose properly. This can be caused by nerve cell death or damage, and it can cause the brain to not read or send messages correctly from and to the body.
In the case of vascular dementia, it may be that brain cells die because they don’t get enough oxygen.
There are several other areas where dementia and diabetes share common ground, but further research is still being done to determine whether or not there is more to it.
Reducing your risk for diabetes and dementia
To improve your blood heart, brain, and overall health, you need to focus on living healthy and managing your blood sugar levels. Some simple tips for doing this are:
- Protect your head when playing sports
- Stay socially active and challenge yourself daily
- Exercise regularly – both your body and mind
- Eat a healthy diet rich in vitamin D, folate, and B6 and B12 vitamins
- Eat a Low GI Diet to help control blood sugar levels – see the Manna Diet
- Take a natural supplement like the Manna Blood Sugar Support to help control blood sugar and prevent any further damage.