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Don’t Eat Yourself Stupid – As You Diet

It’s great that you are trying to get in shape, get healthy and improve your overall get-up and go. But please note that in your zeal to get on one of those popularized low carb diets to shed some pounds, you could also rob yourself of serious of brain power. In the journal, Appetite, February 2009 the research is clear, indeed you can eat yourself stupid, or at the very least significantly dial down your brain power.

It has been discovered that when you eliminate carbohydrates from daily meals, your memory will take a dive. Yet when you reintroduce carbs, your brain should bounces back and your cognitive skills will return normal.

So before you jump on the low-carb or no-carb band wagon think while you still can that you may rob yourself of the ability to think. This problem occurs because your brain’s prime fuel is “sugar” in the form of glucose, yet it can’t store it, so without a constant supply from your diet it starts struggling to maintain peak performance. The solution, while cranking up the protein, don’t forget to eat a wide variety of veggies and a modest amount of carbs. This approach will also make your diet, less of a fad and will help you adopt a sustainable healthy diet for a lifetime.

Out-of-Control Diabetes can Run away with your Brain

Higher than average blood glucose (sugar) levels in people with type 2 diabetes is linked to lower cognitive functioning, according to a study published in the journal Diabetes Care.

A higher level of hemoglobin A1C level (a measure of the average blood glucose levels) over an average of a 3 month period is associated with poorer brain performance when it comes to memory, speed and the ability to be a multi-tasker. If that is not bad enough a higher HbA1C is also associated with a lower score, for total brain horsepower performance as well (cognitive function).

Your goal should be to have an HbA1c around 5, and not higher than 6 according to most lab tests. Be warned that some labs claim that a 7 is okay. All I will say is that certainly you can settle for a 7, yet set your sights on a 5 to 6 range. This will not only help protect your brain, but also your heart, eyes, kidneys and even sexual performance. As Benjamin Franklin said, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Please don’t let diabetes sneak up on you and rob you of your mind, heart or other prized possession. The big difference when it comes to wellness is simply being proactive, so take charge today.

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