Did you know that a higher intake of sugar and carbohydrates over time can cause deteriorated brain function? It’s no secret that the American diet is full of added sugars. In fact, research has shown that the US adult consumption of sugars has increased by more than 30 percent in the last three decades. That’s a lot of added calories and an astronomical change in the work we are asking our bodies to do. Our bodies are not designed to processes that much sugar. The problem is even greater when carbohydrates are added to the equation. That’s because when a person eats grain-based foods such as pasta, rice, or crackers, the digestive system breaks down the carbohydrates in these foods, turning them into sugar. As blood sugar levels rise, the pancreas produces insulin, a hormone that prompts your cells to absorb blood sugar for energy use or storage.
Diets that are chronically higher in grains and sugars will cause chronically high insulin levels in the blood. This can lead to higher inflammation in blood vessel walls. This inflammation affects circulation, especially to the extremities, such as the head, hands and feet; leads to more rapid aging; and is a known factor in the development of Type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s Disease. Research now shows that some forms of Alzheimer's can be directly related to these factors, especially in people who have had a history of Type 2 diabetes or even pre-diabetes. As a matter of fact, researchers are calling Alzheimer's Diabetes Type 3 because of its relationship to elevated blood glucose and insulin.
Type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s Disease usually develop gradually over a number of years. Because of this, you can be headed toward diabetes, more rapid aging, Alzheimer's and other diseases and yet be told that you are in perfect health because your blood work looks great. By the time something doesn't look good on blood work, your organs, brain and body tissues on a cellular level could have been breaking down over 10, 20 or 30 years. Fortunately, your body has the innate ability to heal itself as long as the obstacles that are interfering with its function are removed. Staying centered on a healthy eating pattern along with maintaining your organ and cell health with key therapeutic nutrition can literally reverse damage that may have been done over many years.