How Unstable Blood Sugar Affects Brain Cells

By Richard157 Latest Reply 2013-05-30 13:06:37 -0500
Started 2013-03-18 21:11:10 -0500

A friend in another group presented these slides today. She attended a meeting and a Dr Metzger presented them at a FFL conference last weekend. In the link below, the top image shows three brain cells…the first image is a brain cell during low blood sugar, the 2nd is a brain cell during normal blood sugar, and the 3rd is a brain cell during high blood sugar. I found it shocking to see the difference with the high BG! The bottom image is a chart showing IQ in relation to A1c. Very interesting!I don't know how many individuals are represented by the diagram. If there were many subjects with different initial A1c's and IQ's, the study would be more conclusive. It does raise some important speculation. Maybe Dr. Metzger will do more work on this topic.…5...

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Ralph 2013-05-27 18:48:35 -0500 Report

I have wondered the same thing. Before I had type 2 I was a lot sharper with my mind than after. I also started having sezirues. I when to several different Dr. about this and they all told me there was no meds to help(they tried lots of different kinds). In the end they said it must be stress. That was 8yr ago and I still have the seziures just about every week.

Smokebaby 2013-03-22 09:13:26 -0500 Report

I'm pretty new to all this and not one time have any of my health care team said a word about what this can do or does to my brain… even tho i have complained about memory loss .. feeling like my head is in a fog all the time. I even asked if that was related to my Diabetes. This totally makes sense for me anyway. Thank you for posting it.

Richard157 2013-03-22 19:10:21 -0500 Report

I have been type 1 for 67 years, and my brain is in great shape, except for some forgetfulness…very common for us older folks. I had many seizures with low blood sugar when I was younger. If it affected my brain, it was only temporary. I think that is typical. If a diabetic has a bad hypo and goes into a coma that lasts a long time, then the brain damage can be serious. There has always been someone there to help me so I never had a coma. I hope it is the same with all my friends here on Diabetic Connect.

jayabee52 2013-03-19 11:11:18 -0500 Report

wanted to see this but when I clicked on the link I got the message:
"Sorry, something went wrong.
We're working on getting this fixed as soon as we can."

Will try back later.


Richard157 2013-03-19 12:42:01 -0500 Report

That link worked on other diabetes websites, I don't know why it failed here. I would try again, but there is no option to edit. Why are we permitted to edit replies, but not our original post?

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