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  1. Signs of high blood sugar harm memory

    Signs of High blood sugar harms memory

    If you don't have diabetes, it's pretty easy to ignore your blood sugar levels. After all, even without diabetes, you've probably got enough other health concerns to worry about, right?

    Well, ignore those numbers at your own risk -- because signs of high blood sugar can damage your brain, harm your memory and set you up for dementia, and not just in the long term.

    It could be hurting you right now, as new research finds older adults with even slightly elevated blood sugar levels do far worse on memory tests than older adults with normal blood sugar levels.

    The study even shows why: As your blood sugar levels rise, even just a little nit, your hippocampus can shrink -- and that's the part of the brain you need for memory and learning.

    What's most alarming of all is that none of the 141 older adults in the study were diabetic. They weren't even pre-diabetic. They weren't heavy drinkers, they weren't overweight and they weren't suffering from any overt signs of memory loss or cognitive decline.

    They were, by most mainstream measures, healthy -- with some of them at the high end of the "normal" range, or just beyond it, for blood sugar.

    Clearly, it's time to stop considering those levels to be normal or healthy, and this study isn't the only reason why. Other studies have also shown how even slight bumps or signs of  high blood sugar can set you up for memory loss and dementia.

    And a growing body of evidence shows that blood sugar plays a central role in your overall health and longevity -- and signs of high blood sugar can cause serious damage even at levels not high enough to be considered diabetes or pre-diabetes.

    Mainstream guidelines say to keep your total blood sugar below 100, but my guidelines are a little stricter. Aim for 90 or less.

  2. 1 in 8 seniors fighting memory problems

    Fight memory loss and brain fog

    Seniors like to say "life begins at 60" and for good reason: Your golden years can be among the best years of your life.

    But for millions of older people, something else begins at 60 -- memory problems that can threaten to turn your best years into some of the worst.

    New government numbers show 1 in 8 Americans over the age of 60 are battling "brain fog," memory loss, or other signs of cognitive decline. And for a full third of them, the memory problems are so bad that they interfere with or limit daily function.

    Now, some people will tell you memory loss just means you're getting older... that it comes with the turf... and there's nothing you can do about it.

    But I know that's not true.

    In many cases, memory loss and other cognitive problems accompany aging, but they're not necessarily caused by aging. Just look at the over-60 crowd in the new study: Sure, they're getting older.

    But folks over 60 are also among the nation's leading consumers of prescription medications -- and many of those medications come with a notoriously high risk of memory loss and other cognitive problems.

    Blood pressure drugs, for example, can lead to memory loss. And cholesterol-lowering statin drugs are so notorious for this risk that the FDA recently issued a warning over it. Painkillers, antidepressants, and more can also do the job -- which is why whenever patients complain of memory loss, the first thing I do is look at any drugs they've been given by a mainstream doctor.

    (If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with dementia or even Alzheimer's disease, you need to know that the real source of the problem might be in your medicine chest. Click here to learn more.)

    In some cases, the drugs were never even necessary in the first place. In many others, they can be replaced by natural alternatives that can work just as well, but without the side effects.

    Of course, not all memory problems are due to meds. But that doesn't mean the rest are due to aging, either.

    Diabetes, for example, is known to increase the risk of dementia -- and another new study shows how elevated blood sugar levels can increase your own risk even if you don't actually have diabetes.

    In the study, brain scans of 124 patients who were healthy but had a family history of Alzheimer's revealed reduced metabolism in key regions of the brain among people with elevated blood sugar levels.

    Those are the same changes we see in Alzheimer's disease.

    What makes this truly frightening is that the "high" blood-sugar levels in the study aren't sky-high. They're at the high end of the normal range, or levels that millions of otherwise healthy Americans seniors live with every day.

    Other conditions that can cause, mimic or worsen memory loss and dementia include exposure to toxic metals such as lead, which is why I also frequently test for metals.

    You might be surprised to find out how much metal you have inside yourself right now -- and even more surprised at how much better you feel after detoxification.

    If you're suffering from a little "brain fog" yourself, don't ignore the warning signs. Work with a holistic doctor to find the cause -- whether it's medication, blood sugar, metals, nutrition, hormones, or something else entirely.

    PS: I'll have more on natural brain protection -- including the one supplement that can fight the damage in the brain linked to aging -- in Thursday's House Calls. Keep an eye on your in-box -- you won't want to miss this one!

  3. Small dietary changes can help keep gout away

    You don't have to give up your favorite foods to avoid gout. New research shows exactly how much of you can eat and still avoid the pain.

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