Why Blood Sugar is Important to Families with Alzheimer’s HistoryJessica Cohen
Here’s why. At Georgetown University, researchers set out to determine whether resveratrol might be helpful for changing glucose levels in Alzheimer’s patients. Resveratrol is a compound found in red grapes and wine. It has grown in popularity lately due to several studies touting its many health benefits.
So they began enrolling people with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease for the study, looking for those who were under a doctor’s care and did not have a history of diabetes.
Then something surprising happened.
Each study participant was given a glucose tolerance test, and the results showed that a shocking number of participants had pre-diabetes. A whopping 43% of the patients recruited for the study had “impaired glucose tolerance” or levels that would be considered diabetic. Even more surprising was that despite being under a doctor’s care, most of the patients were unaware that they were pre-diabetic.
There are several theories although it is unclear why having diabetes increases one’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. These findings suggest that perhaps keeping an eye on one’s sugar levels, particularly in those with a family history of the disease, could potentially prevent or delay the onset of Alzheimer’s. More definitive research is needed. Additionally, with these findings doctors may now suggest that patients with known diabetes should be tested for early signs of Alzheimer’s.
Yet another good reason why it is important to keep those blood sugar levels under control.
Please note that this post is intended to share information and ideas, as well as to create conversation. Please consult a medical professional before making changes to your lifestyle.
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