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Check Out One Food You Should Avoid If You Have Dementia Says Scientists

As individuals get older, dementia can be a frightening issue to address, especially if they don't understand what it is or what causes it. Dementia is not a specific disease, but rather a broad term encompassing memory and cognitive impairment that can arise as people age. Although many people confuse Alzheimer's disease and dementia, Alzheimer's disease is the leading cause of dementia. Dementia is a multifaceted problem with several risk factors, including genetics, age, food, and lifestyle. And, while we can't change things like age or heredity, we may focus on the things we can, such as our food.

Not only may certain meals boost brain health, but they can also raise your risk of memory loss and cognitive impairment. Refined carbs, for instance, are one of the worst foods to consume for dementia because of their link to elevated glucose concentration in the body. Your body converts carbohydrates into sugar when you ingest them. When sugar enters your system, it's known as blood sugar or glucose levels. Carbohydrates are processed at varying rates in the body, and refined carbs, such as white bread and other overly processed carbs, are digested more faster in your body and increase your blood sugar levels much faster.

This volatility in blood glucose levels can lead to a variety of health issues over time, including type 2 diabetes, which is one of the leading causes of dementia. In a research published in The British Medical Journal, researchers looked at the risk of dementia in patients with and without diabetes, and discovered that their risk increased dramatically as their blood glucose levels increased.

This is significant because, while diabetes has long been thought to be a significant risk factor for dementia, these findings reveal that too much sugar in your diet might harm your brain function even if you don't have diabetes. This Nutrients study identified a similar link between dementia and high blood glucose, but they also observed that what you consume with your refined carbs has an impact. According to this report, eating high-glycemic meals (i.e., meals high in refined carbohydrates with no fiber or protein to slow down the rate of digestion) can cause memory loss.

Regrettably for white bread fans, these findings shed light on foods like refined carbohydrates and their involvement in dementia risk, prompting you to reconsider how much you consume on a daily basis. Reduce the risk by eating foods with a lower glycemic index (usually foods high in fiber, such as whole-grain products, fruits, vegetables, and legumes).

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