The #1 Cause of Dementia – Why You’re At Risk! Tips & Tricks to Stop it Now (Easy & Fast)

By on March 29, 2017
Researchers have once again linked diabetes to dementia.

In research reported by Tel Aviv University scientists, people with insulin resistance caused by physical inactivity and obesity also experienced steep declines in cognitive performance, a precursor to dementia. Insulin resistance can lead to type 2 diabetes if left untreated.

The research currently appears in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

“These are exciting findings because they may help to identify a group of individuals at increased risk of cognitive decline and dementia in older age,” says Professor David Tanne, a Professor of Neurology at Tel Aviv University’s Sackler Faculty of Medicine. “Exercising, maintaining a balanced and healthy diet, and watching your weight will help you prevent insulin resistance and, as a result, protect your brain as you get older.”

The Research

Tracking a group of nearly 500 participants diagnosed with heart disease, researchers measured if they had insulin resistance by examining their fasting blood glucose and insulin levels, called a homeostasis model assessment (HOMA). They then tested their cognitive function using a series of tests that measured their memory, attention, visual spatial processing, and executive function.

Researchers waited an additional 15 years before testing their cognition again, following up with another assessment 5 years later. The result? Those who had the highest HOMA scores were most likely to experience cognitive decline later in life.

“Controlling for potential confounders, IR [insulin resistance] (top HOMA-IR quartile versus others) was associated with subsequent poorer cognitive performance overall and on tests of memory and executive function among non-diabetic patients,” write researchers in the journal’s online version. “IR is related to subsequent poorer cognitive performance and greater cognitive decline among patients with cardiovascular disease with and without diabetes.”

So what does this mean for you? Well for one thing, avoiding type 2 diabetes–and insulin resistance–should be your top priority. Most of the people in the study developed it due to poor physical activity and weight gain. To keep your risk low, staying active (and in shape) is key. Eating a healthy diet also comes into play as well; people who avoid sugary, salty, and otherwise unhealthy foods usually don’t develop diabetes. You too could avoid this diagnosis if you eat right.

But if none of these work for you, schedule a doctor’s appointment immediately–there are definitely other ways to mitigate this risk.

“This study lends support for more research to test the cognitive benefits of interventions such as exercise, diet, and medications that improve insulin resistance in order to prevent dementia,” says Tanne.

Readers: What are your tricks and tips for avoiding diabetes? Let us know down below!

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