How Does My Sugar Intake and Lifestyle Choices Make Me Vulnerable to Alzheimer’s?

Alzheimer’s

In 2013, data showed that 5.2 million people in the United States had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. It is currently the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States. Scientists predict that Alzheimer’s will triple by the year 2050 (Mercola, 2015).

I lost two of my grandparents to Alzheimer’s, so this is a disease that hits hard with me every time I research it.

There currently is no cure for Alzheimer’s. An effective treatment still hasn’t surfaced in the medical field. Therefore, it is very important to understand how to prevent it.

Ray Schilling stated, “Alzheimer’s is called type 3 diabetes” (Schilling, 2017). Why is that?

Studies are flooding in showing that our current diet is one of the main factors affecting the development of this disease.

Dr. Mercola states, “Processed foods tend to be nearly devoid of healthy fat while being excessive in sugar, and this combination appears to be at the heart of the problem” (Mercola, 2015). So, why does this matter for people with diabetes?

People with diabetes are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease (Mercola, 2015). Some more recent studies state up to 3 times more likely to develop the disease.

Your brain produces insulin when necessary in order to keep brain cells alive. As toxic proteins, such as ADDL, remove insulin receptors, your memory will begin to suffer (Mercola, 2015).

Research is showing that the higher insulin resistance in your body, the more likely you are to not get proper sugars to your brain. A lot of these affected areas are the parts that Alzheimer’s affect the most.

Arterial stiffness, which is a link to heart disease, also causes an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s. Arterial stiffness has been linked to diabetes as well.

According to Mercola, “shared risk factors include smoking, alcohol use, diabetes, high fasting blood sugar levels, and obesity” (Mercola, 2015).

Obesity and high blood sugar levels are both consistent with issues that are associated with diabetes.

It is of the upmost importance that you take care of your body and manage your diabetes well. Why develop an incurable disease when you can take the steps now to prevent it?

Exercising regularly will help a lot. People who exercise frequently tend to be able to prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s. They also tend to have better mental speed and attention.

Aerobic exercise can also help prevent tau tangles. These are lesions on the brain that are very common with Alzheimer’s. Taking the time to exercise has lowered the amount of tau tangles on people compared to those that do minimal exercise.

It is also important to avoid any processed foods, including processed sugars!  It is important to maintain your blood sugar levels. Do not let them skyrocket and plummet. Make sure you are eating meals on time.

In the long run, this will help you. Eating a healthier, balanced diet with a lot of organic foods will help you prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s.

Overall, it is important that you talk to your doctor about the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Make sure that you are making the right lifestyle choices now to prevent the disease from developing.

Bibliography

Mercola, J. (2015). Alzheimer’s – a disease fed by sugar. Dr. Joseph Mercola. Retrieved from http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/08/13/sugar-alzheimers-disease-link.aspx

Schilling, R. (2017). Could refined sugar cause Alzheimer’s? Raw Story. Retrieved from http://www.rawstory.com/2017/02/could-refined-sugar-cause-alzheimers/