For a long time, we've heard that too much sugar can make you larger. But did you know that too much sugar can also make you smaller? Researchers from the Australia National University have found that people who consistently experience high blood sugar levels (although not necessarily high enough to trigger concerns of diabetes or even pre-diabetes) are more likely to experience shrinkage of the hippocampus and amygdala.The health and size of these two brain structures has significant bearing on the development of many cognitive concerns, including Alzheimer's and dementia.
In other words, blood sugar control's not just for diabetics anymore! Keeping your blood sugars in the ideal range (this varies, of course, with individual circumstances, but numbers between 80-100 are good to see!) is great news for anyone who wants to protect their mental health and intellectual agility.
There are many ways to control your blood sugar. Watching your diet and exercising regularly can do great things for your blood sugar control. It's also a good idea to do lots of laughing. Humor benefits our physical and emotional health. Laughter lifts the mood and helps restore emotional resiliency. It can also play a significant role in blood sugar control.
Check out this story from the Huffington Post highlighting the healing power of humor as an effective way to achieve better blood sugar control. Researchers have found that laughing heartily after a meal can help control blood sugar spikes. That means if you're out for dinner and a show with your sweetie, choose a comedy - you'll have a great time laughing while managing your blood sugar!
Staying in? Watch a funny movie at home. Some of our favorites:
We can't always eat a perfectly healthy diet. There are days when it's really hard - almost impossible - to get a workout in. Laughter, on the other hand, is always available, 1005 portable, and totally free. Make a point of enjoying humor every day. It's one of the best things you can do to control your blood sugar levels - good for your health now and in the years to come!