Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) is a chronic condition that accounts for close to 90% of all Diabetes cases and arises when the body is unable to make use of or make sufficient insulin to moderate the blood sugar level in the body. It is believed that T2D usually negatively restricts blood circulation to the body, which could influence our decision-making process and cognitive ability. Diabetes is a global problem, and close to half a billion people suffer from the condition.
Improved blood circulation could be achieved for Diabetes patients through healthier lifestyle habits
In a recent study covered by the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, researchers have found out that sufferers who live a healthy lifestyle (good diet, and plenty of exercises) will benefit from improved blood flow in the body, including the brain. This research was carried out over a 10-year timeline and examined sufferers of T2D, who are typically obese or overweight.
The study looked at a sample size of around 310 participants (n=310), and participants were individuals suffering from T2D and aged 45 to 76. The intervention was put in place to encourage healthy living (good diet and plenty of exercises), and the participants were split into two groups, one acting as a control group and the other group where lifestyle intervention was introduced.
Researchers found out that people who were affected by T2D and had long-term lifestyle intervention put in place have a significant rise in cerebral blood flow, which is believed to be positively linked to higher cognitive ability and mental capacity.
Once again, the research is a significant one, involving many different researchers over a protracted period. There are already existing papers published about how to fight against Diabetes and I wonder if the continued emphasis on peripheral behaviors and lifestyle choices will be sufficiently novel to move the needle for Diabetes care and treatment and even true cures.
Fighting against Diabetes is not rocket science, and has been covered repeatedly here and here and many other sources. A search on Google Scholar yields more than 2 million results for “Diabetes Prevention”. We have to make the hard choices as a society to stay healthy. There are immense benefits simply by instilling discipline into one’s life, eating right and exercising more. The question is, will we make the right choices now, or regret it in our elderly years?