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The Glucose-Diabetes-Dementia Trifecta

The Glucose-Diabetes-Dementia TrifectaJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

While the terms Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are often used interchangeably, Alzheimer’s is actually a very specific common form of dementia. Often associated with aging, dementia is an umbrella term for brain abnormalities linked to advancing cognitive, behavioral and psychological decline. Signs and symptoms of dementia can include increasing confusion, memory impairment, behavioral changes and communication difficulties, as well as a loss of mental and physical abilities that interferes with daily living. For each person, the stages of dementia from mild cognitive impairment to severe decline progress on individual timetables.

As an irreversible, degenerative and currently incurable disease, Alzheimer’s is generally characterized by impaired energy metabolism, mitochondrial dysfunction, chronic oxidative stress, DNA damage and cell apoptosis, as well as an abundance of neurofibrillary tangles and amyloid plaques located between and inside brain neurons. These plaques and tangles are abnormal accumulations of cell-damaging proteins that alter and disrupt cellular function and block neuronal communication. As neurons become injured and neuronal connections break down, brain regions begin to atrophy, eventually resulting in widespread loss of brain volume.

While there is no known cure for dementia and no definitive means of prevention, we do know that lifestyle factors have a profound impact on brain health. Adhering to wholesome lifestyle behaviors that promote healthy aging and reduce chronic disease risk may also inhibit or delay the progression of cognitive decline. General risk prevention and health maintenance strategies include losing excess weight, remaining physically and socially active, getting sufficient healthy sleep and reducing chronic stress. Along with regular physical activity, a healthy diet can lower elevated blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Maintaining weight and blood glucose levels within the normal range may be the most advantageous for keeping the brain healthy and fit as one ages.

Although glucose or blood sugar is the primary source of fuel for the brain and all body cells, high blood sugar is linked to inflammation, obesity and the onset of glucose disorders, such as insulin resistance and the development of type 2 diabetes in older individuals. Although studies have not shown that high blood sugar causes dementia, research does link elevated blood glucose levels with an increased risk of developing dementia and a faster rate of cognitive decline, even in individuals in the non-diabetic range. Numerous studies have documented a strong association between diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as other types of dementia.

The pathogenesis of cognitive dysfunction remains only partially understood. While researchers continue to study and make significant gains in understanding the effects of diabetes on cognitive dysfunction, we do know that diabetic and prediabetic states consistently present as risk factors for cognitive decline, mild cognitive impairment and dementia. The good news is that diabetes and diabetes-related factors are modifiable, potentially allowing for interventions that may delay or prevent the onset of cognitive deterioration. Modern medicine recognizes the influence of diet quality, as well as lifestyle and environmental factors, on body composition and overall healthy function.

  • An eating plan that greatly reduces or eliminates processed foods, refined carbohydrates and added sugars, as well as incorporates nutrient, fiber and antioxidant-rich vegetables and fruits, plant-based proteins, nuts, healthy fats and fish may also promote long-term brain health and positively impact brain structure.
  • Scientific evidence has linked moderate intensity exercise and higher levels of endurance to sharpened memory and enhanced thinking skills. Even more encouraging, middle aged out of shape adults who improved their fitness levels showed the same substantial reduction in dementia risk as those who were fit before midlife.
  • Observational studies suggest that controlling blood pressure through lifestyle factors or medications may lower the risk for Alzheimer’s disease by 16 percent and other forms of dementia by 12 percent.
  • As type 2 diabetes is believed to accelerate brain aging, avoiding obesity and insulin resistance through diet and regular physical activity may be the best investment for safeguarding long-term physical and cognitive health.

Professional Supplement Center offers these and other high quality supplements in support of healthy glucose metabolism:

GlucoFunctionGlucoFunction by Pure Encapsulations®: This hypoallergenic formulation offers a comprehensive blend of key nutrients, antioxidants and herbal extracts in support of healthy glucose metabolism, microcirculation and pancreatic function. Gluten free, Non-GMO formulation.

Vital ClearVital Clear® by Vital Nutrients: This powdered formula provides optimal amounts of high quality, naturally pure macro and micronutrients, including plant proteins, vitamins, minerals, trace elements, amino acids, herbs and essential fatty acids. Vital Clear® is designed to support a healthy inflammatory response and normal detoxification. Free of wheat, barley and rye gluten, dairy, soy, eggs, sugar, coatings and bindings.

Glycemic ManagerGlycemic Manager™ by Integrative Therapeutics®: This comprehensive formula is designed to lessen the impact of high-glycemic foods on blood sugar levels, as well as encourage healthy blood glucose metabolism. Ingredients include vitamins, minerals, botanicals and more. Free of sugar, yeast, wheat, gluten, soy, dairy, ingredients of animal origin and artificial colors, flavors and preservatives.

Gluco-ResponseGluco-Response™ by NuMedica®: This high potency formula provides a unique combination of bioavailable vitamins, minerals and botanicals in support of the maintenance of healthy blood sugar, blood lipid levels and insulin metabolism. Free of milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat and soy. Vegetarian formulation.

GlucoSupreme HerbalGlucoSupreme™ Herbal by Designs for Health®: This synergistic herbal formula is designed to help maintain steady blood sugar levels. Ingredients include standardized herbs, botanicals, and ginseng, as well as berberine, a plant compound highly regarded for its efficacy in supporting healthy blood glucose regulation and insulin sensitivity. Gluten free, Non-GMO formulation.

Above-normal blood sugar linked to dementia. https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/above-normal-blood-sugar-linked-to-dementia-201308076596
The association of diabetes and dementia and possible implications for nondiabetic populations. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3240939/
What Happens to the Brain in Alzheimer’s Disease? https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/what-happens-brain-alzheimers-disease
Alzheimer’s Disease is Type 3 Diabetes-Evidence Reviewed. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2769828/
Sugar and the Brain. https://neuro.hms.harvard.edu/harvard-mahoney-neuroscience-institute/brain-newsletter/and-brain-series/sugar-and-brain
Higher brain glucose levels may mean more severe Alzheimer’s. https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/higher-brain-glucose-levels-may-mean-more-severe-alzheimers
The Role of Diet in Brain Health. https://www.neurologytimes.com/dementia/role-diet-brain-health
Another Reason to Take Your Blood Pressure Drugs: Lower Dementia Risk. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/12/well/live/blood-pressure-hypertension-drugs-dementia-alzheimers.html

Let’s Talk About Sugar

SugarTalkJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

While a bit of sugar in your morning coffee may sweeten the cup, the typical American consumes an average of 22 teaspoons or 110 grams of sugar daily, equating to an extra 350 non-nutritive calories every day. The key word here is average, as per the Obesity Society, the top 20 percent of adult consumers are eating an additional 721 empty calories daily. Equally alarming is the fact that the top 20 percent of children are consuming an average of 673 calories from added sugars each day. Research shows that added sugar consumption has increased by more than 30 percent over the last three decades. Along with increased consumption, the general state of health of Americans has declined. Data shows that two-thirds of American adults are overweight or obese, one child in six is obese, and almost 115 million adults have diabetes or prediabetes.

While controversy reigns over how much added sugar is too much, the nearly 66 pounds that the average American consumes yearly can be construed as more than a bit excessive, especially when compared to the American Heart Association (AHA) recommendation of no more than six teaspoons daily for women and nine teaspoons a day for men. The World Health Organization (WHO) takes it a step further and recommends that everyone reduce their daily intake of added sugars to less than six teaspoons, or below five percent of total daily calories.

How is added sugar harmful to health?

As opposed to sugars naturally present in healthy nutritious foods, such as dairy and fruit, added sugars are omnipresent in processed foods, sweetened beverages, condiments, and formerly healthy, but highly sugar laden foods, such many cereals and yogurts, marketed to both children and adults. Over time, overconsumption of added sugars can negatively affect natural hunger and satiety hormone balance, leading to insulin and leptin resistance.

While added sugars may supply a short-term energy boost, they provide no nutritive benefit and decease nutrient density in the diet, often contributing to the risk of inflammation, tooth decay, cardiovascular disease, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and type 2 diabetes, as well as classic metabolic syndrome with symptoms of weight gain, abdominal obesity, high blood pressure and elevated triglycerides and blood sugar.

What happens when you give up sugar:

Those who are accustomed to a high sugar diet can experience disagreeable short-term side effects when eliminating sugar from the diet. Sugar dependency can bring on withdrawal symptoms when sugar is restricted, resulting in irritability, fatigue and headaches. Fortunately, the unpleasant side effects are short-lived, while the positive health effects like better sleep, stable energy levels, improved immune health, lowered triglycerides and more stabilized blood sugar will remain if the diet continues to be low in sugar.

Reducing the amount of sugar in the diet can result in a healthier weight, smaller waist size, healthier looking skin, and reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. Very importantly, above normal blood sugar, even in those without diabetes, is associated with an increased risk of developing dementia. Researchers at the Harvard Medical School found that any incremental increase in blood sugar increased vascular disease, as well as metabolic issues such as insulin resistance.

Transitioning to a sugar restricted diet:

Hydration, nourishing foods, and healthy fats can help to keep the appetite and cravings under control, and reduce withdrawal symptoms while transitioning to a healthier pattern of eating. Choosing whole, unprocessed high fiber foods, and skipping foods with lengthy ingredient lists will help one eliminate sources of added sugars. Enjoy an occasional sweet treat, but be aware of the total amount of sugar consumed daily. Individuals who are looking to stabilize or reduce their blood sugar level, may also consider reducing refined carbohydrates, especially those who are prediabetic or overweight.

Those who are willing to shift to a healthier eating pattern that restricts added sugars and refined carbohydrates can make a real difference in their health. Above normal blood sugar can be lowered with proper diet and increased physical activity. Taking short, but frequent walking breaks, small amounts of activity throughout the day, and taking a walk after a meal can make a difference in improved physical and mental wellness.

Professional Supplement Center offers many high quality formulations to support health and wellness needs:

Blood Sugar SupportBlood Sugar Support by Vital Nutrients: This synergistic blend of traditional adaptogens, cinnamon, and micronutrients provides support for optimal pancreatic function, lean muscle mass, healthy HDL levels, and normal blood sugar levels in healthy individuals. Gluten, soy, dairy, and sugar free formulation.

Sweet Defense™Sweet Defense™ by Enzymatic Therapy®: This formula provides nutrients necessary for blood glucose, carbohydrate, and energy metabolism. Along with a healthy diet and exercise, Sweet Defense™, helps to reduce sugar cravings and may help with weight management. Gluten, wheat, soy, dairy and preservative free formulation.

CraveArrestCraveArrest™ by Designs for Health®: Formulated to promote optimal neurotransmitter balance and a healthy stress response, CraveArrest™ provides superior anti-craving results. Gluten, wheat, soy, dairy, sugar and artificial ingredient free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

Gluco-ResponseGluco-Response™ by NuMedica®: This unique blend of vitamins, minerals, and botanicals may support the maintenance of healthy blood sugar and triglyceride levels, as well as healthy glucose and insulin metabolism. Gluten, wheat, soy, dairy and egg free, vegetarian formulation.

Gluco-Support...Gluco-Support Formula™ by Douglas Laboratories®: This synergistic and comprehensive complex provides vitamins, minerals, botanicals, micronutrients and trace elements specifically formulated to offer support for healthy glucose metabolism. Gluten, wheat, soy, dairy, sugar, and artificial ingredient free, vegetarian formulation.

U.S. Adult Consumption of Added Sugars Increased by More Than 30% Over Three Decades. http://www.obesity.org/news/press-releases/us-adult
How Much Is Too Much? http://sugarscience.ucsf.edu/the-growing-concern-of-overconsumption/
Sugar 101. http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/HealthyEating/Nutrition/Sugar-101_UCM_306024_Article.jsp
How to Ease Withdrawal Symptoms When You Quit Sugar, According to a Nutritionist. http://www.health.com/nutrition/sugar-free-diet-help
Short Term Side Effects of a Decreased Sugar Diet. http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/short-term-side-effects-decreased-sugar-diet-1397.html
Eating too much added sugar increases the risk of dying with heart disease. https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/eating-too-much-added-sugar-increases-the-risk-of-dying-with-heart-disease-201402067021
Added Sugar Intake and Cardiovascular Diseases Mortality Among US Adults. https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/1819573
Added Sugar in the Diet. https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/carbohydrates/added-sugar-in-the-diet/
WHO calls on countries to reduce sugars intake among adults and children. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2015/sugar-guideline/en/
Too Much Can Make Us Sick. http://sugarscience.ucsf.edu/too-much-can-make-us-sick/
Above-normal blood sugar linked to dementia. https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/above-normal-blood-sugar-linked-to-dementia-201308076596
Statistics About Diabetes. http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/statistics/