Refined Sugar and Dementia

donutsWe are regularly told refined sugar is not good for us because it not only spikes blood sugar (a concern for diabetics) but makes us fat. Now we are  warned there is a connection between refined sugar and dementia. The dementia warning applies not just to diabetics but to non-diabetics who ignore that warning, thinking as they gorge on donuts, “It won’t happen to me.” It’s time to put sugar on your “no buy” shopping list.

Do I mean you really should give up donuts, cookies, sodas,  cakes (especially those you bake yourself using a recipe that calls for a cup of sugar?) Yes, I really mean it. You may miss sugar for a while but when you eat a nutritious diet your lust for sugar will abate significantly. Eventually you will be able to look at a display of donuts and you won’t even realize or care they are there.

We are constantly told it is not known what causes Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia, and at this point, that is true. But what  do you want to bet that even with overwhelming compelling evidence that refined sugar may/probably cause dementia, or breast cancer ( sugar thought to be implicated),  common sense solutions would continue to be ignored or disparaged. After all, there is no profit in discovering that refined sugar causes or contributes to dementia or any other disease. Prevention or a cure must  come from a profitable “magic bullet” created by the pharmaceutical industry.

The October 2016 issue of “Life Extension” magazine points out how difficult it is to accept that “simple” remedies can actually cure. For example, in 1497 citrus, rich in vitamin C,  was found to cure scurvy. In 1870 citrus as a cure for scurvy was officially discredited. In 1932 vitamin C was proven to cure scurvy. Between then and now, the potential and  curative value of vitamin C has never been of great interest because there is no profit in it.

But back to sugar. Refined sugar’s reputation is so bad that a variety of chemical sweeteners, possibly worse for the body than sugar have been developed as replacements. For example, heavily advertised Splenda is more akin to a pesticide. See Dangerous Splenda: Potential Pesticide or Artificial Sweetener?

If you are a sugar junkie, or even a moderate sugar user,  and concerned about dementia it makes sense to consider a 180 degree change in your diet. Here is another video that suggests the refined sugar/dementia link.