Being Forgetful Maybe Due To Your Blood Sugar

August 14, 2006

imagessdfg.jpgIf 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.

Suggesting That

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!

9 Responses to “Being Forgetful Maybe Due To Your Blood Sugar”

  1. i just would like to share about an article i happen read also linking type 2 diabetes with alzheimer. what the article basically focused on was insulin resistance. it stated that insulin resistance = to type 2 diabetes, resulting to lack of sugar in the cells (including in the brain cells) which causes brain cells to malfunction and die. this may pave the way for alzheimer to set in.

  2. Adelina C. Alcantara Says:

    Dear Dr. Tan,
    Thank you for your very informative publications. What can you say about Ozonizer? many people are giving various testimonials about how they were being cured different diseases by using OZONATED WATER.

  3. Doc Gerry Says: is the website I found that will explain the story of ozonated water. Again testimonials are junk proofs in medicine. A scientific basis for a study to be accepted as a fact needs firm understanding of the principle of research where as medical practitioners we abide by their results. So far in my research of ozonated water, nowhere can I find a medical proof that is sufficient in form and substance that is acceptable to medical field. Will I recommended it? NO Do I believe in it? NO until I can be convonced otherwise NOT by testimonials or junk proofs written in the internet. Ade… thanks for your comments and keep them coming! By the way… DONT BUY AN OZONIZER!

  4. Yin Says:

    What is the glukose level that we can consider if we are diabetic?

    is 6.5 very high to be consider as diabetic patient?

  5. Teresa Says:

    Good day, doc!
    My husband’s ma is diabetic and his father died of pancreatic cancer. What yearly( or how often?) medical exams can you recommend for him and his siblings so as to prevent these diseases? My husband is almost 50 years old, and i believe that prevention is better than cure. God bless you for this very informative and helpful website.

  6. Doc Gerry Says:

    Pancreatic cancer is so difficult to predict. It is rapidly fatal too once diagnosed. It can start as abnormal blood glucose. The best way to to make sure he has an executive checkup yearly to include whole abdomen ultrasound. Any abnormality in blood sugar should be addressed aggressively considering the family history. Keep a healthy lifestyle, avoid alcohol and smoking as well. The siblings? yearly checks for diabetes after the age of 40.

  7. Vern M. Says:

    I’m experiencing low back pain on the right side for a week now. I weigh between 150-170lbs. Could it be my weight causing my low bck pain. My family has history of diabetese.

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