A new study has warned that the progressive disease of Alzheimer’s, which destroys memory and other functions of the patient’s brain, could be caused by excess use of sugar.
A team of researchers from the University of Bath Departments of Biology & Biochemistry, the Wolfson Centre for Age Related Diseases, and King’s College London, unraveled the “tipping point” link between high level of sugar glucose in blood and the Alzheimer’s disease after they found that people with high sugar diets were at a greater risk of developing the disease.
The research found that excess glucose in the blood damages a vital enzyme involved with inflammation response to an early stage of the Alzheimer’s disease. High blood glucose levels, also known as hyperglycaemia, have long been a known characteristic of other health conditions like diabetes and obesity.
Lead researcher Dr. Omar Kassaar said, “High blood glucose levels well known to be bad for us when it comes to diabetes and obesity, but this potential link with Alzheimer’s disease is yet another reason that we should be controlling our sugar intake in our diets.”
The study published in the journal Scientific Reports also estimated that more than 6.4 million people in Australia alone will likely be diagnosed with dementia within the next four decades, unless major medical breakthroughs are made.
Currently, no cure exists to treat patients struggling with Alzheimer’s. However, medication and certain management strategies may temporarily ease symptoms.