I've cut my sugar intake down considerably since joining SP, but I admit to still having some sugary treats on the weekend.
After seeing the report a few weeks back on 60 Minutes, I started really understanding the dangers of sugar to my overall health: from cholesterol levels to cancer, it seems as if sugar can have a negative affect.
And now today a new report on what sugar might be doing to the brain. In a nut shell, rats who were given large doses of high fructose corn syrup got dumber. BUT Omega 3 fatty acids can curb that damage. The article I read is here: news.yahoo.com/sugar-dum
I'm pretty particular about my brain. LOL. I like my brain. Hell, I'm proud of my brain. I'm a thinker and a writer at heart. I have an IQ just under genius level and I'd like to keep it that way.
After seeing my mother in law go through a stroke that left her brain damaged to the point where some of the simplest things are more than she can manage, a stroke is now one of those things I truly fear because it could take my brain away. It could take the ME out of me.
So, yeah, an article about sugar and my brain makes me really sit up and take notice.
From the article (note some rats were given DHA (those fatty acids) along with the corn syrup):
"The DHA-deprived animals were slower, and their brains showed a decline in synaptic activity," said Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, a professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
"Their brain cells had trouble signaling each other, disrupting the rats' ability to think clearly and recall the route they'd learned six weeks earlier."
A closer look at the rat brains revealed that those who were not fed DHA supplements had also developed signs of resistance to insulin, a hormone that controls blood sugar and regulates brain function.
"Because insulin can penetrate the blood-brain barrier, the hormone may signal neurons to trigger reactions that disrupt learning and cause memory loss," Gomez-Pinilla said.
So, yeah, more reason to cut out that nasty sugar.