Diabetes, memory and omega-3

 
 
 

Currently, a diabetic person is fully able to live a normal active life, but he/she must control him/her condition. For example, poorly controlled diabetes can cause memory loss. Why? Because the brain needs glucose and a normal blood flow regulation to maintain its normal functioning, but brain glucose storage is limited: On the one hand, reduced brain functioning can occur during periods of hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia; on the other hand, people with type 2 diabetes have impaired blood flow regulation (however, the exact causes of the relationship between diabetes and memory loss is still under study).

In general, it is considered that a balanced diet, keeping blood pressure and cholesterol in good levels, and staying mentally and physically active can help to maintain a healthy brain. And this applies both to diabetic and to non-diabetic people.

It is also recommended keeping up to date with the latest information in diabetes research. In this regard, in a recent experiment, researchers observed that supplementation with fish oil (rich in long chain omega-3 fatty acids) significantly improves memory in diabetic mice. Most medical advances start that way.

 

Bibliography:

Yadav S, Mitha KV, Shenoy MT et al. Beneficial effect of Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids on neurosensorial impairments and oxidative status in Streptozotocin induced diabetic rats. Indian J Physiol Pharmacol. 2014 Oct-Dec;58(4):346-353.

Chung Ch-Ch, Pimentel D, Jor’dan AJ et al. Inflammation-associated declines in cerebral vasoreactivity and cognition in type 2 diabetes. Neurology, July 2015 DOI: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000001820

 
 

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