Blood sugar levels have been linked with cognitive decline for a while now. It could be a crucial factor in brain deterioration. Carbohydrate heavy diets aid cognitive impairment and diabetes has been linked with the onset of Alzheimer’s as well. Basically suggesting that high caloric diet can be the leading cause of cognitive impairment.
High blood sugar levels however, are not only caused by high caloric diets, there are a host of other factors as well that can contribute towards it:
Stress can cause an increase in blood sugar as it triggers the body to draw energy that is needed for action. When you are stressed, there is a chemical change in the body. Adrenalin rises and the body releases more glucose from the liver, cortisol levels rise and the body becomes less sensitive to insulin. Chronic stress can cause problems with maintaining blood sugar levels.
When you do not get sufficient sleep, it affects the body’s hormones that help regulate and metabolize glucose.
Too much exercise or too little of it, like poor sleep can cause excessive stress and therefore the body is unable to regulate blood sugar levels.
Smoking is an important factor that makes the body resistant to insulin and therefore plays with regulating blood sugar levels.
Foods that are high on carbohydrates cause high blood sugar.
Cognitive impairment can be caused when you do not take efforts to regulate blood sugar levels. The decisions you make today, will affect your mental health tomorrow. So, it is important to take care.
A few measures that you can take include: eating right, exercising regularly but not excessively, manage levels of stress and get enough sleep. Speak with a Registered Holistic Nutritionist or get in touch with a Homeopath so that you can learn how to manage your blood sugar levels in a natural fashion.