Those who consume excessive amounts of sugar, regardless of the form in which it is consumed - soft drinks, sweet, cakes etc.- are at increased risk of dementia, according to a new study.
Scientists have long believed that an unhealthy lifestyle can seriously damage the brain. According to research recently presented at the International Alzheimer's Union Conference, Those who consume large amounts of sugar increase the risk by 33%.
The researchers drew information from questionnaires about the consumption of sugar from soft drinks, juices and food. Over a period of seven years they were recorded 429 Alzheimer's cases in 2.226 participants.
Those who consumed 30,3 grams of added sugar daily, they had 33% increased risk compared with those consuming the smaller amount amounting to 5,8 grams. It is typical that a box of common soft drink (330ml) contains 35g of sugar, that is, approximately 7 teaspoons.
Elevated blood sugar levels are known to cause diabetes, but the relationship between sugar and dementia remains unclear. Both in Alzheimer's disease, diabetes is involved in changes in glucose metabolism, and scientists believe that changes in the brains of patients could be caused by excess glucose, one of the hallmarks of diabetes.
Dr. Doug Brown of the Alzheimer's Association, he stated: "Excess sugar is linked to type 2 diabetes 2 and our previous research has recognized type 2 diabetes 2 as a risk factor for developing dementia. The present study supports these elements, indicating that too much sugar may increase the risk of Alzheimer's, and that all forms of sugar - from fruit juice to lemonade- have the same effect ".