Recent research shows that your brain can actually “thin out” and start to “dissolve” as you age!
Specifically, overweight people with diabetes see the cortex (your brain) shrivel up in the regions responsible for everything you need for your day-to-day function, including the parts that control memory, movement, visual information processing, and even going to the bathroom.
What the scientist have discovered the cause of this “tissue paper shrinkage”, is excess blood sugar, which can rush through your brain and rot out everything it touches.
Overweight diabetics have the highest “brain shrinkage”. However, pre-diabetics and most people who tend to have higher blood sugar levels, are also negatively affected and thus, will have faster “brain shrinkage” as they age.
In a other article, I mentioned that Alzheimer’s is now classified as type 3 diabetes. Adding more evidence that high blood sugar negatively affects your brain function.
Now, the good news is that you can reverse this and at the very least, definitely slow the progression of any brain shrinkage due to high blood sugar levels.
Here’s 3 simple steps
You need to reduce or eliminate all sugars, including fruits. Also lower your total carbohydrate intake – such as breads, pasta, rice, grains, etc. Stick to “low glycemic” index carbs – such as legumes, yams and lots of vegetables.
Add in healthy fats into your diet – such as raw nuts, avocados, macadamia nut oil, seeds, coconut oil and fish oil.
Increase your fiber intake, which helps prevent blood sugar spikes.
You need to move daily. Exercise improves your insulin sensitivity. And the more muscle you have, the better your body will utilize glucose and sugar and thus, the lower your blood sugar levels.
Try to lift weights 3x weekly so you can gain or maintain your muscle mass. And go for a walk as often as you can.
HERBS & VITAMINS
There are a handful of supplements that are clinically proven to help lower your blood sugar and improve insulin sensitivity.
Cinnamon extract, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Chromium, Bitter Melon Extract, Banaba Extract and about half a dozen vitamins and minerals.
By improving your blood sugar levels, not only will your brain cognition improve, but you’ll also dramatically SLOW down the aging process.
Another benefit of lower blood sugar levels is lower body fat, especially that stubborn belly fat.