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Blood sugar loss may cause Alzheimer’s

A slow, chronic reduction of blood glucose to the brain could result in some forms of Alzheimer’s disease, according to American research.

Alzheimer’s disease is the leading cause of dementia in the elderly.

The blood sugar loss study

Researchers studied human and mice brains to find a reduction in blood flow deprives the brain of energy. This starvation leads to sticky clumps of a protein which has been linked to Alzheimer’s.

The finding could lead to drugs designed to prevent the process that forms the protein clumps, also known as amyloid plaques.

Researchers comments

The study’s lead author, Prof Vassar from Northwestern University in Chicago reported, “What we are talking about is a slow, insidious process over many years. It’s so mild (people) don’t even notice it, but it has an effect over time because it’s producing a chronic reduction in the blood flow.”

He added, “This finding is significant because it suggests that improving blood flow to the brain might be an effective therapeutic approach to prevent or treat Alzheimer’s.


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