For a while now, professionals in the Functional Medicine/Nutrition field have said that Alzheimer’s and Dementia-related disorders are closely linked to blood sugar regulation and gut health. Research published on November 6, 2017 in The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association found:
They found distinct abnormalities in glycolysis, the main process by which the brain breaks down glucose, with evidence linking the severity of the abnormalities to the severity of Alzheimer’s pathology. Lower rates of glycolysis and higher brain glucose levels correlated to more severe plaques and tangles found in the brains of people with the disease. More severe reductions in brain glycolysis were also related to the expression of symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease during life, such as problems with memory.
What does this mean for you? Do you feel you suffer from brain fog, trouble with word retrieval, sluggishness upon waking or throughout the day? These could be clues that your body is regulating blood sugar properly. At Aligned Center, we work on nutritional plans to get you eating the proper amounts of protein and supplement with researched methods of regulating blood sugar.
Read the rest of the National Institute of Health’s article here: Higher brain glucose levels may mean more severe Alzheimer’s
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