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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Effects Of Blood Sugar On Short-Term Memory

The new study found that among people without type 2 diabetes, lower blood sugar is associated with better memory. (Rob Boudon/Flickr)

The new study found that among people without type 2 diabetes, lower blood sugar is associated with better memory. (Rob Boudon/Flickr)

A new study in Neurology, the journal of the American Academy of Neurology, finds that even small elevations in blood sugar can influence short-term memory, decreasing our ability to do things like recall words.

The study fits with a larger body of evidence that finds elevated blood sugar puts people at higher risk of cognitive decline.

NPR Food and Health Correspondent Allison Aubrey joins Here & Now’s Robin Young.

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  • Me

    And what effect does low blood sugar level have on memory? Hehe….

  • Amskeptical

    These cinnamon rolls at Panera are great! I don’t feel any effects on my . . . . what’s it called?

  • Todd Morse

    So to people who want a birthday cake at work on their birthday, here’s your carrot – now get back to work.

  • Nicholas70

    This is old news. But as this article begins with — a new study. Got to keep all these thousands of researchers employed doing something.

    “Nothing offends patients more than to be asked to change their habits of life. Their desire is to be able to break every known law of health; then when they are called upon to pay the penalty, the expect complete absolution in a bottle or two of medicine. They are content to be patched up sufficiently to continue their practice of self-indulgence in various forms.” …Dr. Alexander Bryce…

    “And we have made of ourselves living cesspools, and driven doctors to invent names for our diseases.” –Plato

  • Homer Simpson

    Mmm…Donuts.

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