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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Expert Says Too Much Sugar Will Drive You Crazy (Literally)

Take am easy o o!, Were ya Nwayo!, If you don't watch it, your sweet tooth may be your undoing. Resist the sugary temptation with all your might. Shedigbor! Kaji kwo! , I na anu ihe m na ekwu?...
I know that too much sugar is bad--but I never realized it could do so much damage. (And I'm not just talking about cavities here.)

Bitter Results
After analyzing the diets of 1,983 post-menopausal women (with a mean age of 67 years), researchers at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) found that there was a correlation between high blood sugar and the risk of dementia and memory loss.
"Chronically elevated blood sugar may directly damage the brain neurons or eventually cause health conditions that indirectly impair cognition,"
explains the study's lead author Dr. Kristine Yaffe, who works as a researcher in UCSF's Department of Psychiatry.

Equal Opportunity
Though the study didn't have any men or younger people as test subjects, I'm pretty sure that the effects long-term sugar abuse hit us all the same way. Our sugar consumption pretty much sets us up for it.
In a
previous post, I cited research which revealed that each year the average 30-something adult in the US consumes about 46 pounds of sugar. Kids, on the other hand, consume 49 pounds of the sweet stuff.
Those figures are way over the 32-pound limit, which, to me, still seems like a whole lot of sugar.

Early Start
In addition to self-control, Yaffe and her colleagues advise that we should eat more non-starchy vegetables--like spinach, broccoli, lettuce, and tomatoes--and limit our intake of sugary snacks and pastries.
This way we get a healthy head start--as well as a fighting chance of combating the effects of our past sugary exploits.
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