Ask the Weight Loss Expert – William Audren
SUGAR AND YOUR BRAIN
Understanding the relationship between glucose and the brain is important for people with metabolic disorders such as diabetes, obesity or high blood sugar. The main role of glucose in the body is fuel for energy. The brain depends completely on glucose to operate normally.
Brain functions such as thinking, learning and memory are closely tied to glucose levels and how effectively the brain can properly utilize glucose. If glucose is lacking, neurotransmitters are not synthesized and communication between neurons breaks down. When blood sugar levels are too low, (Hypoglycemia), it can lead to loss of energy for brain function. This leads to poor attention and cognitive function. Too much sugar, (Hyperglycemia), prevents sugar from reaching the brain, which starves the brain of energy leading to less efficient function.
Recent studies provide new evidence that high blood sugar can have damaging effects on the aging brain. This is because uncontrolled blood sugar can damage blood vessels throughout the body, including in the brain. Poor blood flow to the brain is a known cause of dementia and may worsen memory problems.
To maintain brain function, keep your blood sugar in a healthy range with exercise and healthy eating habits. Keep TRACK of your sugar intake.