Over the years, I’ve talked to thousands of patients about aging. One of the biggest fears they mention is “slipping away.” So many have watched a loved one go from a little confusion to not recognizing even their close family members. It’s a heart-breaking process.
Many problems can cause brain fog… but there’s one you might not suspect. Japanese researchers recently showed that blood sugar problems can lead to long-term mental confusion.
The team discovered that people with problems controlling their blood sugar face about a 70% greater risk of developing cognition trouble.1 That’s just one good reason for getting your blood sugar under control.
Another good reason is protecting your bones.
An international team’s presentation at the latest meeting of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research made this clear. They reviewed the records of nearly 40,000 adults for over 10 years. They found that blood sugar control problems raise your risk of bone breaks by 61%.2
But the new numbers that really put everything into perspective are 6 and 50.
Those are the key numbers from a report published in the New England Journal of Medicine. And here’s what they mean…
The researchers looked at 97 studies involving more than 820,000 people. They compared people over 50 whose blood sugar had gone out of control – and led to insulin resistance problems – with those who didn’t have blood sugar trouble.
The people with healthy blood sugar lived, on average, 6 years longer.3 That’s 6 more years with their children and grandchildren… 6 more years of vacations… 6 more years enjoying their favorite activities.
That’s good news for those with healthy blood sugar levels. Now here’s the good news for everyone else…
If your blood sugar is high, the chances are very good you can get it under control. Here are three simple ways to promote healthier blood sugar levels – along with cutting your risk of brain fog, broken bones… or worse.
First, make sure you’re getting enough magnesium. Magnesium helps your body regulate blood sugar levels. You need magnesium to process carbohydrates – sugars and starches – and these are the foods that cause your blood sugar to get out of control.
Spinach, chard, almonds and bananas are all good sources of magnesium.
Herbs can help promote healthy blood sugar levels, too. One of my favorites is Panax ginseng. Ginseng is best known as an adaptogen – an herb that helps your body handle stress. But ginseng does much more.
A number of studies have shown that one of ginseng’s benefits is supporting a drop in blood sugar levels.
In one study, volunteers taking ginseng showed improved performance on a series of mental tests. But their blood sugar levels also dropped within an hour of taking the ginseng.4
Finally, here’s a spice that supports healthy blood sugar levels.
A few years ago, doctors in Pakistan gave this spice to 60 people with serious blood sugar problems. After just 40 days, their subjects showed remarkable improvement.
Their blood sugar levels were up to 29% lower… LDL cholesterol had dropped by as much as 27%… and their triglyceride – blood fat – levels were up to 30% lower.5
The spice wasn’t anything exotic. In fact, you probably have it in your kitchen right now. It’s cinnamon.
A great way to get this spice’s benefits is to add about a half-teaspoon of cinnamon to a half-cup of natural applesauce. It makes a great addition to your breakfast… and could help you avoid the serious consequences of blood sugar trouble.
Best Life Herbals Wellness Team
Best Life Herbals
1 Ohara, T., et al, “Glucose tolerance status and risk of dementia in the community: The Hisayama Study,” Neurology. Sep 20, 2011;77(12):1126-1134.
2 Giangregorio, L.M., et al, “FRAX® Underestimates Fracture Risk in Patients with Diabetes,” The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research. Sep 18, 2011; Oral Presentations, Presentation Number: 1091.
3 The Emerging Risk Factors Collaboration, “Diabetes Mellitus, Fasting Glucose, and Risk of Cause-Specific Death,” N Engl J Med. 2011;364:829-841.
4 Reay, J.L., et al, “Effects of Panax ginseng, consumed with and without glucose, on blood glucose levels and cognitive performance during sustained ‘mentally demanding’ tasks,” J Psychopharmacol. Nov 2006;20(6):771-781.
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