Understanding the Link Between Alzheimer’s and High Blood Sugar

By Pete Lane, 9:00 am on

Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes are two common health conditions that senior adults are often concerned with as they advance in age. However, many people are surprised to discover that there may be a link between having diabetes and developing the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. Centennial Home Care Assistance shares these facts seniors, their family members, and caregivers should know about Alzheimer’s prevention through blood sugar maintenance.

Effects of High Blood Sugar on the Brain

It is well known that uncontrolled diabetes can increase the risk of heart disease and strokes, both of which can cause trauma to the brain. High blood sugar also causes inflammation throughout the body. This inflammation could occur in the brain and cause damage to the neural pathways that affect reasoning and memory. It is also believed that too much insulin could alter chemicals in the brain and generate changes in a person’s cognitive abilities.

Risk Factors for High Blood Sugar

Diabetes occurs more often in those with a Hispanic background, yet it is common among those who are overweight or obese regardless of their ethnicity. A large waist, high blood pressure, and low levels of HDL (the good) cholesterol are additional risk factors. It is also important to note that learning to control high blood sugar can prevent diabetes during the early stages.

Diabetes and Alzheimer’s Prevention

While the true cause of Alzheimer’s disease is still unknown, it is widely recognized that preventing diabetes can also help a person to delay or avoid the onset of Alzheimer’s symptoms. For this reason, it is important for all older adults to strive for maintaining their recommend weight. Those with high blood sugar can also exercise for 30 minutes or more each day, eliminate carbohydrates and sugars, and eat a low-fat diet to help bring their insulin levels back to normal. Finally, regular medical checkups and following a treatment plan can help prevent high blood pressure from progressing to a more serious health condition. 

Learn more about promoting the health and wellness of your senior loved one by reaching out to the dedicated staff at Home Care Assistance of Centennial.  We specialize in hourly and live-in senior care in Centennial, and all of our care services include the use of our propriety Cognitive Therapeutics Method, which helps seniors maintain mental acuity and cognition. Give us a call at 303.957.3100 for more information.

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