Sometimes it's the simple, natural things that make the biggest difference. In fact, new evidence suggests that one of the most effective ways to reduce your risk of dementia by as much as 40% is really quite simple.
The authors of a brand new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine looked at 1,835 men and women with an average age of 76. None of them had any signs of dementia. They tracked the group for an average of 6.8 years. During that time a whopping 28% of them developed dementia.
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I think that's scary! But why so high?
The researchers ruled out the effects of all of the other usual risk factors for dementia including: age, sex, educational level, level of exercise, presence of coronary and cerebrovascular disease, atrial fibrillation, smoking, and high blood pressure. They were looking at only one factor – blood sugar.
The best way to determine your overall blood sugar levels is with a test called the glycohemoglobin test, or more simply A1c. A1c is a test that tells you what your blood sugar levels were on average over a three-month period. The higher your A1c level is the higher your overall blood sugars were over that time. So the researchers looked at the levels of the A1c and how they affected the risk for getting dementia. Here's what they found.
After looking at literally thousands of A1c levels in these people, they found that those men and women who had an A1c of 4.9% or less were 14% less likely to develop dementia. Those who had an A1c of 5.0% were at no risk for dementia from their blood sugar levels. Those who had an A1c equal to 5.2% had a 10% increased risk. Those with an A1c of 5.4% had a 15% increased risk. And those with an A1c of 5.6% had an 18% increased risk. The risk continued to climb the higher the A1c went. And get this. Those with an A1c of 8.2% had an incredible 40% greater chance of becoming senile. But don't go away yet. There are two other things from this study I want to point out.
One is that this effect of blood sugar was independent of all of the other risk factors I mentioned above. This was risk caused pure and simply from fairly modest elevations in blood sugar. The second thing is that an A1c less than 5.9% is reported as normal on the lab sheet. So if your A1c is "normal" at 5.6% you still have an 18% greater risk of becoming senile from it. Like I said before, that's scary! Even small fluctuations in blood sugar can wreck your brain.
Your levels of A1c are going to depend on many factors including the amount of carbohydrates in your diet, your exercise level, your hormone levels, and your genetics. But clearly the most important factors are diet and exercise. I just checked my A1c. It was 5.0%. That puts me at a slightly reduced risk. I was happy about that result, but I wasn't all that surprised. I have good genetics, eat very few carbohydrates, and exercise for an hour six days a week. But there are going to be some people that do all of that and still can't get that A1c down low enough. So what to do then?
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