How high blood sugar may affect your aging longevity

Your blood sugar may affect your ability to age gracefully in Houston.

According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), more than 25 million Americans were living with diabetes as of 2011. This metabolic condition dramatically increases the risk of heart disease and stroke, and can put your aging longevity at risk without proper management. However, the ADA notes that as many as 7 million people with diabetes have not been officially diagnosed, and approximately 79 million people are in a state of prediabetes. 

Now, The New York Times has shed light on another reason that men and women in Houston should be vigilant about their blood sugar levels and overall diabetes risk. According to the source, scientists from the University of Washington in Seattle have discovered a correlation between high blood glucose and the likelihood of developing dementia. 

"There's no threshold, no place where the risk doesn't go up any further or down any further. The association with dementia kept climbing with higher blood sugar levels and, at the other end of the spectrum, continued to decrease with lower levels," said Dr. Paul Crane, lead researcher and associate professor. 

The scientists found that this connection held whether the participants – most of whom were in their 60s, 70s and 80s – had been diagnosed with diabetes or not. 

Further research is required to understand the relationship between blood sugar and cognitive ability, but this study makes it clear that practicing heart healthy habits that keep your glucose levels in check may help you age gracefully on many fronts. Contact the anti-aging doctors at Longevity Centres of America in Houston to find out more about hormone pellet implants and other treatments that can help you look and feel your best over the years.