Mind Tip Blood sugar level not where it should be? Take steps to control it. Preventing, or even delaying, diabetes helps avert cognitive decline.
The worse your diabetes, the greater your risk of cognitive issues, including memory and reasoning problems. Whether you have diabetes or not, getting your blood sugar levels under control may help reduce that risk. Research suggests that preventing diabetes, delaying its onset, or even controlling your condition if you have it may stave off cognitive decline. Researchers found that people who had diabetes at the beginning of the study showed faster mental decline than people who developed it later on. In turn, these people were, on average, worse off than those who never developed diabetes at all. The people who did the worst on memory function tests were those with the most severe cases of diabetes who did not control their blood sugar levels. If your blood sugar levels aren’t within a healthy range, work with your doctor to get your sugar under control.