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Sweet Memories

Lowering glucose levels helps prevent forgetfulness


 

Trouble remembering things? If you’re approaching middle age or older, your blood sugar levels may be too high. Scientists have linked forgetfulness to rising glucose levels in the bloodstream, which happens when our bodies lose the ability to metabolize it effectively with age. One Columbia University researcher has even identified the part of the brain most affected by this process: the hippocampus, which Scientific American describes as “the brain’s ‘save’ button”. The team found high levels of blood glucose in one specific area of the hippocampus called the dentate gyrus, which is a hotspot for age-related problems. A related study found exercise helps break down blood sugar. Now if you could only remember to eat less sugar and go to the gym more….

Science American


 
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