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Sugar Consumption and Cognitive Health

SugarCognitiveHealthJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

While an occasional sweet treat is a pleasurable experience, daily overindulgence of added sugar is a major contributor to poor dental heath, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes. Moreover, many health professionals view sugars as toxic to cognitive health and function. Scientists now refer to Alzheimer’s disease as “diabetes of the brain” or type 3 diabetes. Glucose, a form of sugar, is the primary fuel source for our energy-demanding brains. This may lead one to wonder how a simple carbohydrate necessary for brain function can wreak havoc on mental, physical and psychological wellbeing. However, supplying the brain with energy is a delicate balancing act that doesn’t require the consumption of added sugars.

Proper glucose levels and efficient use of this energy source are closely linked to valuable brain functions such as thinking, memory and learning. Low glucose levels are linked to decreased production of neurochemicals, as well as poor cognitive function. High glucose levels are linked to memory problems and cognitive deficiencies. Science shows that our bodies don’t need added sugar for proper function, as sophisticated bodily functions break down complex carbohydrates into the simple sugars essential for cell and organ functioning. A whole food largely plant-based diet replete with vitamins, minerals, omega-3’s, fiber, good quality proteins, and healthy fats, provides sufficient brain fuel and supports overall health.

We know that type 2 diabetes accelerates brain aging, and that high glucose levels can negatively affect the brain’s functional connectivity, accelerating the progression of functional decline. Long term type 1 and type 2 diabetes can cause brain atrophy, and can lead to small vessel disease, resulting in cognitive difficulties and hastening the development of vascular dementia. An observational study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that higher blood glucose levels are associated with a greater risk of dementia, even among those not diagnosed with diabetes. The seven-year study, which adjusted data for cardiovascular factors already linked to dementia, such as high blood pressure and smoking, found that over the course of the study, approximately 25 percent of participants developed Alzheimer’s disease or vascular dementia.

The results showed a direct correlation between higher blood sugar levels and increased dementia risk, providing more evidence that the brain is a target for damage by high blood sugar. The typical American diet, high in refined carbohydrates, added sugars and industrial food toxins, is linked to inflammation, a major driver of chronic disease. Neuroinflammation is believed to be a cause of depression and other mental health disorders. Per board certified women’s holistic health psychiatrist, Kelly Brogan, MD., “Sugar has direct inflammatory effects on the body that may be related to its influence on gut microflora, its associated insulin spike or the glycation effects of circulating sugar on proteins. The more days of your life you engage in a pattern of sugar and refined carb consumption, the more your brain suffers, potentially putting you at risk for Alzheimer’s dementia down the line.”

Brain neurons are very sensitive cells and those with diabetes and high blood sugar are at risk of neuronal damage. Data shows that type 2 diabetes causes brain insulin resistance, oxidative stress and cognitive impairment. Persuasive evidence supports the hypothesis that Alzheimer’s represents a form of diabetes that selectively afflicts the brain. Although type 2 diabetes itself may not cause Alzheimer’s, it may serve as a cofactor in its pathogenesis or progression. Additionally, the strong link between diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease is seen to support the claim that sugar toxicity may be destroying mental health. While correlated with mild cognitive impairment in seniors, high sugar consumption has negative effects on children’s cognitive function as well.

While there are no simple answers, common sense actions that promote health throughout life may help to avoid or delay cognitive decline. There’s no single medication or action that has been found to preserve brain health. Currently, a mixed approach of healthy lifestyle choices is recommended to help maintain brain resiliency and function. Factors that play a role in supporting cognitive and overall health include controlling blood sugar and hypertension, maintaining a healthy diet and weight, engaging in regular physical and cognitively stimulating activities, and avoiding smoking and social isolation. Making a broad overall effort to reduce sugar and refined carbohydrate consumption, as well as a commitment to a healthier lifestyle is good advice for supporting cardiac, brain and overall health. Don’t delay, start today.

Professional Supplement Center carries many high quality products to support overall heath and healthy glucose levels:

Vanadium Complex...Vanadium Complex with Cinnulin PF® by Progressive™ Laboratories: This scientifically designed complex provides nutritional support for glucose metabolism, normal blood sugar levels, and pancreatic health, as well as insulin production and sensitivity. Natural ingredients help to manage sugar and carbohydrate cravings.  


Sweet Defense™Sweet Defense™ by Enzymatic Therapy®: This vitamin, mineral, botanical and glandular product provides nutrients for blood glucose, carbohydrate and energy metabolism. Sweet Defense™ may help with weight management by helping to reduce sugar cravings. Gluten, wheat, soy, dairy, yeast, preservative and artificial ingredient free.


Chromium (picolinate...Chromium Picolinate 500 mcg by Pure Encapsulations®: This hypoallergenic supplement provides a highly usable form of chromium essential for proper glucose and lipid metabolism. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.


Glyco StressGlyco Stress by Biospec Nutritionals: This unique formula provides vitamins, minerals, and botanicals to nutritionally support the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, as well as promote healthy glucose levels.


Glucose Support...Glucose Support Formula by Pure Encapsulations®: This hypoallergenic complex contains highly recognized ingredients that provide specific support for optimal pancreatic function, as well as   healthy glucose and fat metabolism. Ingredients include traditional botanicals, adaptogens, chromium and maitake medicinal mushroom. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

Sugar and the Brain. http://neuro.hms.harvard.edu/harvard-mahoney-neuroscience-institute/brain-newsletter/and-brain-series/sugar-and-brain
High Blood Sugar Linked to Dementia. https://newoldage.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/08/09/high-blood-sugar-linked-to-dementia/
Dietary Sugar and Mental Illness: A Surprising Link. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-depression-cure/200907/dietary-sugar-and-mental-illness-surprising-link
Alzheimer’s Disease is Type 3 Diabetes-Evidence Reviewed. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2769828/


Is Dietary Fat Where It’s At?

DietaryFatsJacquie Eubanks RN BSN



What is considered good health? Good health can be defined as having normal blood glucose levels, normal blood pressure levels, normal body fat percentage and favorable cholesterol levels, all without medications. Taking medications to lower cholesterol or blood pressure levels or to control glucose levels does not mean we are healthy. According to Joel Fuhrman, M.D., author of the book Reversing Disease with Food, “If you are on medications to control risk factors, you are already at risk. Your risk of having a heart attack is directly proportional to the number of medications you are taking. It’s not whether your blood pressure or cholesterol is controlled, it’s the number of medications you need to control it that determines your risk.”

Healthy people don’t require medications to keep their risk factors low. While necessary in some cases, medication is disease management not healthcare. Being well means removing or reversing disease risk factors with a healthy diet and lifestyle not masking them with medication. The most critical information we need to control our health and longevity is proper science-based nutrition. One major problem is the epidemic of misinformation that has led to the skyrocketing rates of obesity, diabetes, metabolic syndrome and the general poor health of the American population. The truth is that an unhealthy diet is responsible for most chronic diseases.

The good news is that chronic disease is not inevitable. Many people who are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease turn their health around with healthy lifestyle adjustments. Chronic disease can take many years to develop but the benefits of good nutrition can be seen within a short period of time, and eating well can quickly make an improved health difference. There is a growing awareness that we need to radically change our dietary patterns. But what does this mean exactly? For one thing, it doesn’t necessarily mean you need to go on a weight loss diet, rather you might stop counting calories and start eating more unrefined fiber-rich plant foods and more high nutrient dense foods, especially healthy fats.

Since 1977, dietary guidelines have recommended limiting dietary fats and cholesterol to lower the rates of cardiovascular disease. The epidemic of misinformation surrounding dietary fats and dietary cholesterol has had a profound and deleterious effect on public health. To date, cardiovascular disease is still the number one cause of death in the U.S. And while there is still confusion and controversy over recommendations for a healthy diet, we now know that certain dietary fats should be cleared of all charges relating to heart disease causation. Along with protein and complex carbohydrates, dietary fat is an essential macronutrient that provides energy and supports brain health and bodily functions.

With the exception of the last 40 years, humans have always had diets that included nutrient dense dietary fats. It was misguided science that directed us to limit fat intake. The obesity epidemic began when we embraced the low fat diet and replaced fats with carbohydrates. So the new question is, “What if dietary fat doesn’t make you fat?” What if the real culprits behind the rise of chronic illnesses are sugar and refined carbohydrates? And what if you could eat more dietary fats while losing weight and improving your health? Today, good science and research tells us that healthy fats are an important part of a well-balanced diet.

The truth is, when you are looking to lose weight, calorie restricted diets do not lead to long term weight loss. Losing weight is not really about willpower. It’s about satiety and giving your body the nutrients it needs to function and perform optimally. Calorie restriction leads to hunger and a slower metabolism, and then even more caloric reduction to lose weight. The best way to lose weight and maintain weight loss is to lower your body weight set point to improve metabolism with less hunger. You can positively influence your fat cells by eliminating fast acting carbohydrates, replacing those calories with slow acting carbs, fats and protein, reducing stress, getting quality sleep and participating in an enjoyable physical activity to improve insulin sensitivity.

According to David Ludwig, M.D., Ph.D., Chair of Pediatric Endocrinology at Boston Children’s Hospital and author of the book Always Hungry, “Highly processed carbohydrates digest quickly into glucose, raise insulin levels and program the body to store excess weight. Reducing these foods and substituting healthy fats, such as avocados, coconut and olive oil, nuts and dark chocolate, along with natural complex carbohydrates, vegetables, fruits, legumes and minimally processed grains, will lower insulin levels and reprogram fat cells for calorie release, not storage.” Dr. Ludwig contends that we should eat a largely plant based diet with small amounts of good quality grass fed or wild caught animal based protein along with a relatively high intake of healthy fats.

In conclusion, he states, “One human diet works for heart, brain and immune health. A diet that is low in refined carbs and sugar, high in fat and very high in prebiotic fiber reduces inflammation, caters to microbiome and immune functions and nurtures the gut.” Leading edge research shows we need to consume more fats and the USDA Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee concurred. Higher fat diets have been shown to have a reduced risk for Alzheimer’s and dementia and a study reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine showed that 500,000 persons eating the highest levels of saturated fats had no increased incidence of coronary artery events.

Food can be a powerful medicine, not only for reaching optimal weight but also for reducing disease risk factors. Diets lower in refined carbs and higher in fats have been shown to improve heart disease and stroke risk factors, decrease blood pressure, triglycerides, visceral obesity and abdominal circumference, decrease inflammation markers and raise HDL cholesterol, all without hunger and, best of all, without medications.

Professional Supplement Center offers these and other high quality supplements for blood sugar support:

Dual-Source Chromium (7427-)Dual Source Chromium by Douglas Laboratories – This product supplies two highly bioavailable active forms of chromium in support of carbohydrate, protein and fat metabolism and the maintenance of healthy blood sugar. Gluten, soy and dairy free.


Berberine SynergyBerberine Synergy™ by Designs for Health – This formula supplies a blend of high potency berberine and alpha lipoic acid in support of cardiovascualar and liver health and optimal blood sugar and insulin levels. Gluten free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.


Glyco StressGlyco Stress by Biospec Nutritionals – This unique formula provides vitamins, minerals and botanicals to nutritionally support the metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates and fats and to promote healthy glucose levels.


Lipoic Acid SupremeLipoic Acid Supreme by Designs for Health – This combination formula supplies high-dose lipoic acid, taurine and biotin in support of blood sugar and insulin balance. Lipoic acid has been shown to be an essential nutrient for those with diabetes to optimize the function of insulin receptors. Gluten, soy and dairy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formula.


PGX Daily SinglesPGX Daily Singles by Natural Factors – This extensively researched formula provides a proprietary blend of viscous soluble fibers in support of appetite control, weight loss and overall good health. Dairy, wheat and yeast free.


Dr. David Ludwig clears up carbohydrate confusion. http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/2015/12/16/dr-david-ludwig-clears-up-carbohydrate-confusion/
Dr. Mark Hyman: 10 Reasons Why You Should Eat Fat to Get Thin. http://ecowatch.com/2016/01/02/mark-hyman-eat-fat-get-thin/
Aseem Malhotra: The idea that you can exercise your way out of obesity is a big fat lie. http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/latest-columns/20150529-aseem-malhotra-forget-the-fitbit.-focus-on-lunch..ece
Sugar is now enemy number one in the western diet. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jan/11/sugar-is-enemy-number-one-now
How did we come to believe saturated fat and cholesterol are bad for us? http://eatingacademy.com/nutrition/how-did-we-come-to-believe-saturated-fat-and-cholesterol-are-bad-for-us
Essential fatty acids and human brain. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20329590