High blood sugar may restrict your thinking power

Think twice before raising your blood sugar level, new study suggests that higher blood sugar levels may be linked to lower brain function, in type 2 diabetes patents.

Researchers found that patients with higher levels of hemoglobin A1C (a measure of average blood glucose levels over 2 to 3 months) had significantly worse results while doing cognitive tasks that tested memory, speed and the ability to manage multiple tasks at the same time. Higher A1C levels were also associated with lower scores on a test of global cognitive function.

The findings from the Memory in Diabetes (MIND) study were published online Monday in the journal Diabetes Care.

Previous research indicates that that people with diabetes are 1.5 times more likely to suffer cognitive decline and dementia than people without diabetes.

However,  researchers are not yet clear whether the fluctuation of blood sugar levels, or cognitive power increase or decrease each others performances.
Researchers hope they will find an answer in the ongoing ACCORD-MIND study, which will test the theory that lowering A1C levels could improve cognitive function.

According to an US study which was published in the December(2009) issue of Annals of Neurology, irregularities in the blood sugar level can rob our memory by affecting the dentate gyrus, where new memory forms.

Taking control of your diabetes can help you feel better and stay healthy both mentally and physically.

Management of blood sugar level:

The best way to test for day-to-day diabetes control is self monitoring of blood glucose, or SMBG, with a meter helps diabetic to see how food, physical activity, and medicine affect their blood glucose levels. The readings can help us manage diabetes day by day or even hour by hour. Keeping  a record of our test results and reviewing it at each visit with your health care team is very essential.

Good self-testing blood glucose goal :

Plasma Values
Before meals  90 - 130
after meals     less than 180

Whole Blood Values
Before meals -   -   -   - 80 - 120
1 to hours after meal -  less than 170
Self tests are usually done before and meal and at bed time.

fortunately Insurance covers most of the cost of diabetes test strips, lancets
(needles used to get a drop of blood), and blood glucose
meters for diabtics.

Please consult with your health care team for details about Medicare’s coverage of the A1C.


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