In the Unites States alone, there are over 5 million Alzheimer’s patients, and that number is poised to double within the next 20 years. Why so high? That’s what scientists are trying to figure out.
As a newly published study suggests, we may have more answers as to what causes Alzheimer’s disease. The newest culprit? Sugar.
There has long been a link between diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease, but it seems that even adults who do not have diabetes but have higher blood sugar run a greater risk. Blood sugar levels rise and fall throughout the day in everyone. The problem lies when those levels remain elevated for long periods of time. Here are some tips to keep your blood sugar lower and reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s.
Avoid lots of sugar. This doesn’t mean that you have to give up dessert every night, but you may want to think of reducing the portions. Your body releases a hormone called insulin to let the sugar in your blood be absorbed and used. If there is too much sugar, there just isn’t enough insulin to get all of it absorbed.
Exercise. Working out will reduce your blood sugar because your muscles will use so much sugar for energy. So plan on exercising, especially on days when you overindulge on sugary treats.
Relax. Stress can keep your blood sugar levels high, so focus staying relaxed. Yoga, meditation, and even journaling can help you do this.
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