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High blood sugar may affect brain health

Alzheimer's disease affects one in eight older Americans, and has brought memory support to the forefront of medical research. Previously on this blog, we've covered some of the latest advancements in Alzheimer's research, and how certain nutritional compounds including omega-3 fatty acids and curcumin may promote long-term brain health. Now, scientists from the University of Washington in Seattle have revealed a new connection between this degenerative condition and another widespread health issue – diabetes.

According to The New York Times, researchers have found that people with high blood sugar – a risk factor for diabetes – may also be more likely to develop dementia

"We found a steadily increasing risk associated with ever-higher blood glucose levels, even in people who didn't have diabetes," explained associate professor and lead researcher Dr. Paul Crane.

To determine this, scientists tracked the blood glucose levels and cognitive health of 2,067 individuals with an average age of 76 for approximately 76 years. Though Crane said that this discovery doesn't mean lowering blood sugar is a surefire way to reduce dementia risk, it does cast further light on the documented correlation between diabetes and Alzheimer's risk.

As of 2011, the American Diabetes Association estimated that 25.8 million Americans were living with diabetes, and that 7 million of these individuals had not been diagnosed. In addition to dementia, this condition has also been linked to heart disease and other serious medical issues.

It's well-known that diet and exercise level can potentially reduce the risk of diabetes. The nutrients you consume on a daily basis may also have a substantial impact on brain health. Click here to read more information about our brain support supplements.