Type II Diabetes Linked to Poor Cognitive Function

March 7, 2009 | Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

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 Type II Diabetes Linked to Poor Cognitive Function
Elevated blood sugar has a sugar-coating effect on healthy body structures, stiffening them and aging them faster. New research with humans shows a 150% increased risk for cognitive decline1 and 160% increased risk for dementia in patients with type II diabetes.

If you have ever left something sugary or syrupy out on the counter you readily notice how hard and sticky it gets. When sugar is in the right amount in your blood, then it is an efficient fuel. When there is too much it is a goopy mess that makes cells not work right, especially those of your heart, arteries, kidneys, eyes, and nerves.

The neuropathy associated with diabetes has been understood for a long time. This is clear documentation as to the scope of cognitive decline which is also involved – and it is not good news for type II diabetics or anyone headed in that direction.

Referenced Studies

  1. ^ Diabetes Worsens Cognitive Function  Diabetes Care  Tali Cukierman-Yaffe, Hertzel C. Gerstein, Jeff D. Williamson, Ronald M. Lazar, Laura Lovato, Michael E. Miller, Laura H. Coker, Anne Murray, Mark D. Sullivan, Santica M. Marcovina, Lenore J. Launer

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