Your love for sugar may just bring you closer to Alzheimer's, says study
Even for those who do not have a diabetic condition or sweet related problems, they are still susceptible to Alzheimer's.
According to a new study, people who consume a lot of sugar and sugar products are much more susceptible to developing the Alzheimer's disease. Researchers have revealed that there is a turning point link between the blood sugar and the neurological condition.
Even if the person is not diabetic and continues to consume a high sugar diet, they are at risk of developing Alzheimer's. This is not the first time that diabetes has been linked to damaging our cognitive functions. Monitoring your blood sugar is important to know and understand your dietary health. It also helps in understanding how our brains work and cope as we get older.
The University of Bath, UK revealed that they were able to find how excess glucose damages (high sugar consumption) an important enzyme which is linked to inflammation in the early stages of the disease. It is a known fact that high and abnormal levels of sugar, are characteristics of obesity and diabetes.
It is known that diabetes patients have an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's. The abnormal proteins tend to clump up and form plaque and tangles in the brain which can lead to many health problems. Recently, scientists have been able to identify the specific molecular link between excess glucose and Alzheimer's. This means that people who are not diabetic also face a chance of Alzheimer's.
The researchers studied and analyzed brain samples from people with and without Alzheimer's. What they discovered was an enzyme called the MIF which is also known as macrophage migration inhibitory factor is damaged and negatively affected by glycation. The reduction of the MIF activity due to the process of glycation can be the turning point in the way the disease progresses. It was also found that as the disease progresses, the glycation also increases.
"We've shown that this enzyme is already modified by glucose in the brains of individuals at the early stage of Alzheimer's disease. We are now investigating if we can detect similar changes in the blood. Normally MIF would be part of the immune response to the build-up of abnormal proteins in the brain, and we think that because sugar damage reduces some MIF functions and completely inhibits others that this could be a tipping point that allows Alzheimer's to develop," said Professor Jean Van den Elsen from the University of Bath.
Another professor from the University of Bath added: "Excess sugar is well known to be bad for us when it comes to diabetes and obesity, but this potential link with Alzheimer's disease is yet another reason that we should be controlling our sugar intake in our diets."
There are over 50 million people across the planet who are suffering from the Alzheimer's disease and this number is believed to rise till around 125 million by the year 2050. Clearly, excess sugar and high sugar diets should be avoided or at least cut down in order to prevent the chance of developing such diseases.
These are about 8 early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer's disease:
#8 Erratic mood and personality
This is one of the earliest signs of developing Alzheimer's and you will notice how a person's mood swings will be quite extreme and unpredictable. People who have the chance of Alzheimer's will tend to get easily frazzled and confused, suspicious, anxious, or in a bad case all of the above. When they are uncomfortable, they will lash out at others around them.
#7 Withdrawal from work and social life
People with Alzheimer's may slowly start to distance themselves away from work, family, and friends. They will have a decreased interest in hobbies, sports, or any other previous interests. The person may not even remember how to complete something that they would love to do. With all the changes and frustration that they are going through, it is understandable why they want to reduce being social.
#6 New problems with words, speaking or writing
The ability to read, write, or speak will slowly start to deteriorate after a point in time and this will make the person who is suffering from Alzheimer's a lot more agitated and upset. They could possibly have a lot of trouble in accurately following a conversation and could randomly stop talking in the middle of a conversation or be unable to recall words.
#5 Getting easily confused
Such people can get very confused and very fast. They will tend to lose track of dates, seasons, time, life. It is very possible that they land up in places and have absolutely no idea how they ended up there. This can be extremely dangerous for the person who is suffering from Alzheimer's.
#4 Misplacing things
Most of us are quite clumsy and tend to misplace things but this is very different. A person with Alzheimer's tends to put their things in strange and unlikely places and more often than not, they are unaware of where they had put what they wanted. This leads them to question all those around them which only makes the situation unpleasant.
#3 Trouble completing normal day to day tasks
Completing basic and usual day to day tasks can be the most challenging thing for someone with Alzheimer's. No matter how hard they try and how much they put their mind to it, it can be very difficult to keep track of things. Such people may even have trouble driving to a familiar place or even basic motor skills like brushing their teeth.
#2 Trouble with visual images
For those people who have vision problems or visual impairments can be a sign of having Alzheimer's. Such people have difficulty in reading, determining color, or contrast. They are also unable to perceive depth and distance.
#1 Memory loss
This is the most common sign of Alzheimer's and it specifically applies to a person whose short term memory is suffering. They are unable to retain any information and will tend to repeat the same question again and again. It is advisable that you consider the use of technology and other means to help improve their memory.
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