Even people with insulin-resistance, an increasingly common health problem, were shown to have increased incidence of dementia. This makes it more important than ever to keep your blood sugar levels within normal parameters.
Excerpt: The study found that people with diabetes were twice as likely to develop dementia as people with normal blood sugar levels. Of the 150 people with arthritis diabetes, 41 developed dementia, compared to 115 of the 559 people without diabetes who developed dementia.
The results remained the same after the researchers accounted for factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking. The risk of dementia was also higher in people who did not have diabetes, but had impaired glucose tolerance, or were “pre-diabetes.”About the author: Rebecca Wong has an honours degree in English Literature from the University of Waterloo, and has been working in the herbal business since 2000. She has received her training in acupuncture and herbalism from respected authorities Paul Des Rosiers and Vu Le at the Ontario College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Toronto, and Michael Tierra at the East West Herb School in California.