High Blood Sugars
High blood sugars harm the brain
In his book, Grain Brain, Dr Perlmutter states:
‘Neurotransmitters are our main mood and brain regulators, and when blood sugar increases there is an immediate depletion of the neurotransmitters serotonin, epinephrine, norepinephrine, GABA and dopamine. Simultaneously, B-complex vitamins, which are needed to make those neurotransmitters, get used up. Magnesium levels also diminish, and this handicaps both our nervous system and liver.’
Trigger brain tangles
High blood sugars trigger a reaction called ‘glycation’ which means that glucose, proteins, and certain fats become tangled together causing tissues and cells to become stiff and inflexible, including those in brain.
Sugar molecules and brain proteins combine to create deadly new structures (amyloid plaques). These contribute more than any other factor to the degeneration of the brain and it’s functioning.
High blood sugars and gluten together are even worse
The brain is tremendously vulnerable to the glycating ravages of glucose, and this is made worse when powerful antigens like gluten accelerate the damage.
Sugar intake has soared
The sugar content of our diets have soared in recent decades and with it has come such a big increase in neurological diseases.
So called “healthy’ muesli is packed with hidden sugar, as is just about every other boxed breakfast cereal.
High blood sugar can come from the most unlikely sources. Sugars are found in a wide range of processed foods simply because it’s cheap and scientists know that it makes these foods taste much more appealing to us. Even bread scores more highly on the Glycemic Index scale than a Snickers bar!
Get the diet right
If you follow the right diet, as set out in Parkinson’s Recovery Plan, high blood sugars will never be an issue again.
Should you have a sweet tooth, we have answers to that, too.