Is there anything more precious than your memories?
The night you met the love of your life… the birth of your kids… heck, even a fun night out with your pals a few weeks ago. They all help make life worth living.
But if you’ve got diabetes and aren’t working to keep your blood sugar under control, your brain’s highlight reel is going to start losing frames — and all of those precious memories will end up on the cutting-room floor.
This isn’t the risk of dementia. I’m sure you’ve heard plenty about how diabetics face a higher risk of that brain-robbing disease years down the road.
This is different.
New research shows how this is another type of memory loss — and it’s a risk you’re facing RIGHT NOW, because as your blood sugar levels creep up, your episodic memory starts to fade out.
That’s not just any old part of the memory. It’s not your grocery list, it’s not the appointment Tuesday with the physical therapist and it’s not making sure you pay the cable bill on time.
Episodic memory is your most precious memories: the things that happened to you and the things you did, whether it was last week or 50 years ago.
But once it slips, you might not even remember what you had for breakfast this morning!
The new study focused on seniors with an average age of 73 and found that folks who were NOT diabetics and had GOOD blood sugar control managed to hang onto much of their episodic memory.
In diabetics, it was another story altogether.
The higher the hemoglobin A1c levels, the more memories they lost over the six-year study, which was published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
Along with drops in episodic memory, diabetics with higher hemoglobin A1c levels were also more likely to flunk other tests — including word recall tests.
The reason? It’s the sugar, which dissolves into your blood and rushes all over your body, causing short circuits everywhere — and when it gets upstairs, it practically fries the wiring in your brain.
It burns through the all-important cells that transmit messages to the hippocampus, where memories are stored.
Ready for the scary part? This could be happening to you already.
But how would you know? Once a memory is gone, it’s not like Hillary’s “deleted” emails, which will be haunting her for years to come.
No, when you lose your memories… they’re not coming back.
So if you’ve got diabetes, it’s time to get serious about blood sugar control even if you THINK you haven’t had any problems yet… because by the time it’s obvious something’s wrong, it could be too late.