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How a sweet tooth can make you forget yourself - literally

by Brad Neal (follow)
Author of Swimming Hole Heaven swimmingholeheaven.com), Waterfall Seasons waterfallseasons.com)
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You know the feeling when you sink your teeth into your favourite sweet treat? It's that OMG (Oh My God) moment, when that lemon cheesecake or chocolate brownie hits your tongue and you literally forget who or where you are.

If you want to make that feeling last forever, then just keep on eating. It is well known that a diet high in sugar leads to Type II diabetes, but now the evidence is mounting that if you have Type II diabetes, chances are that you will also develop Alzheimer's disease. One group of researchers from the United States have suggested that Alzheimer's should be called "Type III diabetes" because the link between the two is now so strong.



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Eating a high sugar diet is not just about your body anymore, in the long-term it's also about your mind. According to the statistics, there is about a 65% chance of developing Alzheimer's if you are diagnosed with Type II diabetes. However a 2013 study indicates that there is still a statistically proven higher risk of developing Alzheimer's if you have higher blood sugar levels, even if you are below the threshold for a diagnosis of Type II diabetes. In other words, any elevated blood sugar levels increase your risk.



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Why wasn't this known before? The reason is simple. In the past if you had Type II diabetes, chances were you would be dead from other diabetes related symptoms (such as heart attack) before you showed any signs of Alzheimer's. Advances in medical treatments mean that diabetes patients are now living long enough for Alzheimer's to set in.



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As with most things, satisfy that sweet tooth in moderation so that it doesn't end up killing you, one way or another.

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