Too Much Sugar May Cause Seniors Seventy and Older to Lose Cognitive Function

Your brain needs sugar to function; but too much of it in later life may actually cause your brain to stop using it in the same way that the cells in the body of a type 2 diabetic do.

Researchers from the Mayo Clinic found that people who are seventy years of age and older are four times as likely to have problems with memory, language, thinking and judgment that are more severe than the normal types of cognitive impairment that happens naturally with aging. In addition, they also found that if your diet is higher in fats and proteins than it is in carbohydrates, you are less likely to experience cognitive impairment.

These researchers performed an evaluation of  940 people between the ages of 70 and 89 who showed no signs of cognitive impairment at the beginning of the study. After approximately four years, 200 of these people were exhibiting signs of impairment that was more than what was normal for their age.

Here’s what the researchers discovered:

  • The participants who had the highest amount of carbohydrate intake at the beginning of the study were 1.9 times likelier to develop mild cognitive impairment than those with the lowest intake.
  • The participants with the highest amount of fat intake at the beginning of the study were 42 percent less likely to experience mild cognitive impairment.
  • The participants with the highest amount of protein intake at the beginning of the study were 21 percent less likely to experience mild cognitive impairment.
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~ by chasm63 on October 17, 2012.

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