A high level of blood sugar could promote the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, according to British researchers.
Scientists at the University of Bath and King’s College London have discovered that hyperglycemia can damage an enzyme, MIF, that plays a role in immune response and insulin regulation.
MIF would normally be part of the immune response to the abnormal accumulations of proteins in the brain that are associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Sugar, however, would affect the effectiveness of the MIF, which would allow the disease to develop.
Moreover, the more the disease progresses, the more the enzymes seem to be damaged, causing a chain reaction that eventually causes significant cognitive decline.
Dr. Omar Kassaar said that this potential link is one more reason to limit the amount of sugar in our diet.
Hyperglycemia is a well-known feature of diabetes, and diabetics are at a higher risk of suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
Fifty million people suffer from Alzheimer’s disease worldwide.
The findings of this study are published by the journal Scientific Reports .