How Type II Diabetics Can Reduce Their Risk of Alzheimer's Disease
According to studies, people having type II diabetes are at a higher risk of suffering from Alzheimer's disease. They are also more likely to have vascular dementia, which is a kind of memory loss caused due to poor blood flow to the brain and blood vessel damage.
Apart from these, people with diabetes also at a greater risk of having memory problems and mild cognitive impairment that can lead to Alzheimer's later in life. And perhaps the worst part is the fact that Alzheimer's is progressive and irreversible, meaning the condition only gets worse over time and there is no way to cure it.
So, is all hope lost?
No, not quite. Even though the loss of memory is a terrible condition and there is no way to guarantee you can prevent it from happening, there are few things you can keep under control to stay in good shape.
1. Control your blood sugar: Studies have shown that older adults who have greater levels of HbA1c are more prone to having a sharp decline in memory. This means keeping your blood sugar and HbA1c levels in check can do even more than keeping your heart and kidneys healthy — it can preserve the health of your brain too. So, take control of your life by improving food choices, partaking in light physical activity, and taking the diabetes medication properly and in time.
2. Get enough sleep: Adequate sleep not only makes you feel refreshed but also helps reinforce new skills that you might have learned by solidifying memories. By getting enough sleep, the body gets the chance to properly transfer impulses between different parts of the brain cells and thus strengthening the connections.
3. Practice makes perfect: If you ever feel like you can’t remember someone's name, forget to put things back in their place, or miss out on vital information, then repeat what you need to remember out loud several times over. This reinforces and trains your memory by establishing connections between different brain cells and thus minimizing forgetfulness.
4. Stop smoking: Seriously, you don’t need a reason (or rather, there are too many of them) to kick this habit because science has proven time and again that there is nothing to be gained from smoking. Also, it's a fact that smokers have a higher chance of manifesting Alzheimer's disease at a later stage in life than people who do not smoke.
5. Keep sociable: Although diabetes can make you sick and unsociable, never give up on friends and communication. Multiple studies have proved that real-life communication effectively fights the symptoms of Alzheimer's. Unfortunately, many patients tend to avoid interacting with others, either out of fear or embarrassment of having to come out with this condition. Don’t be one of those people; live your life to the fullest.