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As a professional health coach concerned with the health and well-being of my clients it is my intention to improve your well-being and longevity by using the principles of nutrition, fitness, diet, lifestyle dynamics, and anti-aging medicine.
There has been a great deal written about blood sugar, how to control it and what happens if you do not adequately control it. Did you know that persistent high blood sugar can affect your cognitive function?
Recent research data published in The England Journal of Medicine taken from the Adult Changes in Thought study indicated that higher blood sugar levels, even within the normal rages can still increase the risk of developing dementia. In other words, people who have insulin resistance and the metabolic syndrome although having blood glucose levels which are within normal limits can have an increased risk of dementia.
The researchers evaluated data from 839 men and 1228 women without a diagnosis of dementia at the beginning of the study. The participants had an average age of 76 years and were followed for an average of 6.8 years at which time 534 subjects developed dementia, 74 of whom were also diagnosed with diabetes. In the participants without diabetes, those who had higher average blood glucose levels had an increase risk of dementia compared to other participants who had lower levels of blood glucose. In the participants who developed diabetes, those who had higher blood glucose levels also had a greater chance of developing dementia. The average number of glucose readings that each subject had during the trial was 17.
According to the lead author, Dr. Crane, “This work is increasingly relevant because of the worldwide epidemics of dementia, obesity and diabetes”
I could not agree more with Dr. Crane. The epidemic of obesity, insulin resistance and type-2 diabetes is responsible for the increasing incidence of dementia. Higher blood sugar caused from insulin resistance leads to higher levels of inflammation within the arteries and cells of the brain. This can affect blood flow, degree of cellular oxygenation and result in damage to neurons. In addition, advanced glycation end-products caused from the high blood sugar can also damage cellular structures of the brain as it ages.
What this study really indicated is that it is not clinically responsible to wait for a diagnosis of type-2 diabetes to begin aggressive treatment as the risk factors for cardiovascular disease, stroke, organ failure and dementia are apparent in patients who have high-normal blood glucose and insulin resistance. Such is the case in people who have abdominal obesity, a poor lifestyle and metabolic syndrome.
In my opinion, clinical end-points that rely on fixed measurements are misleading and dangerous as a reliable method to determine prognosis or appropriate care for the patient!
According to Dr. Crane, “clinical determination of diabetes/not diabetes may miss important associations still there for people who are categorized as not having diabetes.”
Well said Dr. Crane!
If you are older and want to age well….the key to successful aging is to control your own blood sugar levels.
Soon…I will share with you how to do just that!
Together you and I will work as a team to accomplish all of your health needs and to ensure that you practice prevention and live your life through the lens of quality.
Remember….your quality of life is the measurement of successful living regardless of your age.
Dr. Kevin. J. McLaughlin
Clinical Director: The Vitality Project