Tuesday , July 16 2024

Is Sugar Increasing Your Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

By Hampton Manor Assisted Living –
The average person consumes approximately 156 lbs. of added sugar each year according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  This sneaky ingredient is riddled throughout the grocery aisles and may seem nearly impossible to avoid.  It is in
practically every processed food in some form or another and not only does it pack on the pounds, it may also be responsible for
memory loss.
As we all know Alzheimer’s disease has become an epidemic in our country and the number of Americans diagnosed each year is staggering.  Recent research has linked the consumption of high amounts of sugar to the increased risk of developing the disease.  By eating too many foods containing added sugar, you may be increasing your risk of becoming one of the statistics.
Many Alzheimer’s patients in the early stages show damage on the hippocampus.  This is the part of the brain responsible for memory and learning.  High glucose levels linked to excess sugar consumption can slow down the activity in this area of the brain putting one at a much higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
The body does need sugar to function properly, just not 156 lbs. a year.   The key is to restrict as many empty calories as possible from processed foods and simply replace with healthy fruits and vegetables.  Not only will you be helping your brain, your waist line will also thank you!
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