If you are a diabetic… or if you have family members who are diabetics… then this post is for you!
We all know the major complications associated with Poor Blood Sugar Control. We know it can lead to major disabling complications like heart attack and stroke. Now comes this new finding that links poor blood glucose control and the early problem of forgetfulness!
Are there Vitamins to stop my being forgetful? … is one of the common questions I get from my diabetic patients. Alzheimer’s or Dementia now becomes a part of why we need to control our blood sugar.
Dr Ronald Peterson of the Mayo Clinic and as spokesman of the Alzheimers Conference noted this study involving 22,000 patients with Type 2 Diabetes and looked at their records from 1997 to 2005. The HBA1c: a measure of patient’s overall glucose control in the past 3 months were recorded and compared. The Ideal level should be < 6.5%.
1. Patients with A1c of > 10% but < 12% were 16% more likely to develop dementia.
2. Patients with A1c > 12% but < 15% were 34 % more likely to develop dementia
3. Those with > 15% were 78% more likely to develop dementia.
Those with less well controlled blood glucoses are at high risk to develop early signs of forgetfulness and dementia!
The higher the level of A1C… the higher the risk!
As always…. I have been an advocate of INTENSIVE DIABETES THERAPY because lowering ones A1c to goal has been shown to prevent the onset and progression of complications especially heart disease and stroke…and now a potential benefit would be lowering ones risk to develop DEMENTIA!
Be Aggressive…Avoid Dementia…
Help in The Campaign for Aggressive Sugar Control!