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Vascular Dementia in Women with Diabetes

A recent paper published online in the December 17, 2015 issue of Diabetes Care reported a type of dementia called Vascular Dementia, one that is more common in women than men with diabetes. Vascular Dementia affects the blood vessels to parts of the brain involved in memory, language and thinking. This type of dementia results from damage or blockages in blood vessels decreasing blood flow in the brain. The exact mechanism is not known but the following seem to play roles:
• Blood sugar levels,
• Levels of sex hormones,
• Aging blood vessels

The good news is that one can control the risks of Vascular Dementia. We know there are many lifestyle changes that can improve the health of our blood vessels and decrease risks for heart disease, stroke, and the vascular complications of diabetes. The study author, Dr. Huxley, remarked that healthy lifestyle changes can offset risks of Vascular Dementia. Another memory expert not involved in this study commented on the results and recommends more aggressive screening for women at risk for diabetes, pre-diabetes, and women who had diabetes during pregnancy.

HEAL screens for diabetes and pre-diabetes and is in a position through its HEALcare™ program, to reduce the risks of dementia and memory loss. HEAL’s most important therapeutic tool is a personalized low-carbohydrate diet to normalize blood sugar and insulin levels, improve lipids, and decrease inflammation, all of which are implicated in brain vascular damage. Carrying excess body weight can also increase these risk factors. It’s never too early to begin to safeguard not just one’s heart but one’s brain as well.

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    I have been on LCHF for two months now, lost 22lbs. and type two diabetic for many years. It appears as though I have gout. I also fast intermittanley, and wonder if any of my lifestyles changes could have induced this problem. Thank you for your time. Laura Baier

    • Jacqueline Eberstein RN

      It is very important to stay hydrated because many people with type 2, especially if you carry excess weight, are prone to gout. Dietary change with weight loss can lead to a gout flare, which can be treated in the usual way (prescription medications). If it related to the ketosis from the low carbohydrate diet, it typically doesn’t recur after treatment. Keep up the good work.

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    This article describes my beloved mom, Judy Scott Moran. She ate a Snickers bar and had a Pepsi, pretty much every day of her adult life. Plus she loved mashed potatoes, gravy, etc. When she developed dementia, she always knew she loved me (just didn’t know my name).So grateful for the work of Gary Taubes, Dr. Bernstein and Dr. Westman in giving me a path to having much lower blood glucose and insulin, and vastly lowering my odds of dementia. I was a reactive hypoglycemic much of my life, then prediabetic, then diagnosed with diabetes and not given a clue of what to do. Am sure you guys basically saved my life. I have happy feet now, not neuropathy. Thank you 🙂

    • Jacqueline Eberstein RN

      Thank you for posting your experience. Reactive hypoglycemia usually goes unrecognized as it did with your Mom. If we could get doctors and patients to be more aware of reactive hypoglycemia early, many cases of diabetes could be avoided. So happy that you now have the info you need to stay healthier.


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