Keeping your blood sugar levels low might protect older adults from memory loss, new research suggests.
A small study published Oct. 23 in the journal Neurology found low blood sugar levels led to memory benefits in healthy adults.
"These results suggest that even for people within the normal range of blood sugar, lowering their blood sugar levels could be a promising strategy for preventing memory problems and cognitive decline as they age," study author Dr. Agnes Floel, a neuroscientist at Charite University Medicine in Berlin, Germany, said in a news release.
Remember that famous quote: "It's the economy, stupid"? Well, we might say the same for blood sugar. Having higher levels of sugar in the blood is just bad, and more and more research points to the same thing. Remember that the levels of blood sugar that doctors use to diagnose things like diabetes and (that term I REALLY don't like) pre-diabetes are essentially arbitrary and tend to change based on what studies show. Keep blood sugar as low as you can by avoiding or significantly minimizing the foods that put sugar into the blood in the first place: sugars, starches, grains.