Does anyone else worry about their loss of memory due to a high blood glucose?

By shoulders Latest Reply 2013-06-14 22:06:01 -0500
Started 2013-04-16 19:53:40 -0500

I recently have been haveing some slowing or laps in my memory. Start out to see my Doctor and have to re-mind myself exactly were I should go to. Studies show that with a rise in blood sugars can cause the blood leaveing the brain to pump slower. Causeing you to slowly forget things.

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hairbear68 2013-06-14 22:06:01 -0500 Report

don't know about member but myspellings ben hurten like hard too think how words are spelled but thank go for spell checker

katiegyrl 2013-04-25 22:19:32 -0500 Report

My memory loss got so bad, that as a medical professional, I had to retire. I could not remember who I was giving medication to, or what I was supposed to give them! I quit working the minute I realized my memory loss was that bad.The doctors tell me it is because of my sugar levels in the past. I kept a notebook, where I write everything I need to do everyday in it. I recently started using my iphone for that! I consider myself lucky since I have been a diabetic for 42 years now!!!

sNerTs1 2013-04-24 16:41:35 -0500 Report

I usually blame it on my husband! LoL. On a serious note, I haven't noticed that YET in myself, I will consider myself lucky … Could you please tell me again what the topic is? Bwaaaahahahaha. Ok I'm done!

GabbyPA 2013-04-24 15:56:19 -0500 Report

Lows and highs are both attacks on our brains. Anytime our sugar is high the damage to nerves maybe happening. When we are low there are other things that go on, but lows usually are worse for memory loss.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-04-23 19:23:31 -0500 Report

I don't worry about such things. I have always suffered from Part-Timers Disorder. Part of the time I remember and part of the time I don't. I think it coincides with my Brain to Mouth Disorder.

I figure if I don't remember something, it could't have been that important. If I really want to remember something I write a note. I find that if I am very tired I really don't remember to much because I am shutting down for a period of time.

Lentyl 2013-04-22 11:04:21 -0500 Report

I discovered a couple of months ago that wheat was causing my memory some problems. When I stopped eating all grains and grain products my memory recovered.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-04-24 16:01:03 -0500 Report

I have been limiting the grains in my foods. Really improved my BG control. Also have noticed more brain for when I eat them. Every so often the onion rings call. But I am getting better at resisting them.

GLMOC 2013-04-22 10:12:33 -0500 Report

And here I thought it was just age…now I am in double trouble! Hmmm forgot what else I was going to say…

alamoAnnie 2013-04-22 00:45:26 -0500 Report

High blood sugars can cause dementia. It happened to my cousin who is 73 and now she must live with her 94 year old mom.

Armourer 2013-04-21 22:56:21 -0500 Report

Really? This may explain a few things for me. For over 25 years my wife has relied on my memory about everything. Now I often can't remember what I ate yesterday yet alone other things. Um, well . . . I'll except this as an excuse for me these days.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-04-20 21:09:40 -0500 Report

Based on what I remember from inservice training at work:
Becoming more forgetful than normal could have several reasons.
New meds, or even a new reaction to a med we have been taking.
Infection, even if all we feel is a low grade fever.

As to memory loss, it is not a normal part of aging. Again stress, dehydration, meds, and infection can be a cause. Those have to be ruled out as well as other disease.
Now if I could only remember where I put that last handout I would be able to supply the rest of the info.

katcot2152 2013-04-20 12:39:38 -0500 Report

I have problems with my memory. I go into another room and forget why I am there. Or I could be in the middle of a sentence and forget what I was saying! But I don't relate it to Diabetes. I got diagnosed with T2 back in Nov. 2012 and I had this problem before that time. And my A1C was 6.7 and fasting bs was 119 when my PCP diagnosed me. So my numbers weren't extremely high. And I know in the past couple of years I had prediabetes. My cardiologist has also been checking my bs, so I virtually get a fasting bs about 4 times a year. BTW,I am on 500mg of Metformin once a day.

Turtle 2013-04-19 23:22:26 -0500 Report

This is really interesting. Do you have a link to the "studies"? I would like to read them. I just thought it was "senior moments". I have found lately that I am more forgetful.

techguy87114 2013-04-19 08:36:54 -0500 Report

As this could be a possibility,I'd like to learn more about this. Memory loss comes as a natural part of aging- if high BGL's are a factor then we need to know more. Something to research and at least think about!

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2013-04-19 08:06:13 -0500 Report

I don't know. I can't remember!
Okay, now I look at it this way. Worrying about my loss or possible loss of memory will do no good at all. Almost all worrying is useless. Now, whether or not memory loss is effected by HBG, does not matter. If HBG does cause ML, then you need to control HBG. Guess what? If ML is not caused by HBG, you still need to control it. Why? So you can die with your feet still attached and so you can see where you are going as you go to the promised land. :)

MoeGig 2013-04-17 19:42:23 -0500 Report

Personally I think many incidences of high blood glucose will cause more physical than mental problems.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-04-17 18:42:42 -0500 Report

Searching for high blood glucose and slower brain blood flow and found this study

It is from the Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow & Metabolism. The following quote is most interesting.
"In vitro and in vivo studies have linked hyperglycemia to vascular tone by inhibition of vasodilatation and by increasing vasoconstriction."

jayabee52 2013-04-17 18:54:06 -0500 Report

and the quote says in plain language? LoL! I'll need to read that study when I get back from dialysis.

katcot2152 2013-04-17 15:29:22 -0500 Report

You should go to the column on the left where it says discussions - right under it is one that says Ask the Expert. They would probably have the answer to your question. I have memory loss, bad enough that I forget what I'm saying, or go into another room to get something and when I get there I forgot why I went. I had a Neuropsych eval. and the outcome showed that I had so much on my plate that my brain is being selective about what it chooses to remember. But the older I get, the more pronounced it is (maybe I have a lot more on my plate - hopefully that is all it is!)

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-04-16 21:30:16 -0500 Report

BeforeI forget to respoond…
I have just a few moments before I head of to work with memory loss people. I googled blood glucose memory. The search results gave me an option for scholarly articles dealing with blood glucose and memory. Here's a link for 1 to get ya'll started.

Since they have started classifying Alzheimer's as possibly a third type of Diabetes it seems posible, to me, that blood glucose levels would have an impact on memory. Oh, and James, I had to change possible because at first I picked pausible. No problems with my word finding skills.

Caroltoo 2013-04-17 12:11:07 -0500 Report

Fascinating! My husband has had a 13 year experience with Alzheimer's. His brother died of lumphoma and other long term effects of a very severe case of difficult to control diabetes (partially difficult because he was living in the Amazon basin in primitive conditions for many years). My hubby has never tested high for BG and I do test him regularly because of this connection between A's and diabetes.

His A's is a very atypical case and I have often wondered if there was a connection. I've read other articles on the subject and had realized he acts like a person with extremely high BGs more than an Alzheimer's patient. Episodic over production of epinephren would also cause the other interesting symptom he has of going from being in a wheel chair and unable to walk to sudden bouts of being able to move pretty freely for a few minutes every year or so.

jayabee52 2013-04-16 22:01:24 -0500 Report

What, I forgot ——- LoL! Actually, I would have chosen "plausable" — maybe that is where you intended to go with pausible, sounds similar.

Have a good night at work

EDIT: After reading that article it seems to go counter to the suggestion in the original posting. In the OP higher BG levels were equated with forgetting things. In the article, higher glucose levels were instrumental with "enhanced cognition" (aka learning or remembering) for some memory impaired subjects in the study.

As Spock would say "FASICINATING".

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-04-17 17:41:41 -0500 Report

You're right James, my word finding skills and (crab, can't remember what it is called but it is either something that sounds like aphasia or synesthesia or the actual word causes me to have a synesthesia moment. Love playing charades when I am searching for the word that is hiding in my brain.) Anyway, plausable is what I meant.

Sorry, here is the study I meant to link to. I was in a hurry to get ready for work and linked to the wrong study.

Now that I have more time. I will try looking for "Studies show that with a rise in blood sugars can cause the blood leaveing the brain to pump slower. Causeing you to slowly forget things."

jayabee52 2013-04-17 18:46:06 -0500 Report

Well the first study was instructive anyway in that at least on the surface, it indicated a result opposite to the results of this study. But I will have to think about it more in depth to determine if the surface appearance can be harmonized between the two studies. I got part way through the 2nd study but will have to take it up later when I get back from dialysis tonight.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-04-17 18:53:25 -0500 Report

Did you know there was such a proceedure as micro dialysis?
From the Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow & Metabolism, that I posted higher up than the 1 above this.
"This has driven various research groups to investigate the metabolic consequences of IIT in patients with brain injury with the use of microdialysis (Sarrafzadeh et al, 2004; Schlenk et al, 2008b, 2009; Vespa et al, 2006; Vespa, 2006). This technique, for which a microcatheter is inserted into the brain parenchyma, allows in vitro monitoring of regional brain metabolites such as glucose, lactate, glutamate, and glycerol (Ungerstedt, 1991). Observations from these studies increase our understanding of regional metabolic changes in response to changes in serum blood glucose levels, and potentially contribute to rational glycemic targets that should be aimed for with IIT. "

jayabee52 2013-04-17 19:00:21 -0500 Report

Not aware of Micro dialysis. That may be something used for sudies such as that. The only types of dialysis of which I know is hemo dialysis (what I am getting) and peritoneal dialysis, which has 2 ports in the abdominal wall and a solution is poured into the one and is left in the peritoneal cavity for 8 to 12 hrs. "Jem" dialyzed that way for a while before I met her.

jeopardy3 2013-04-20 23:01:31 -0500 Report

it is getting to be scary when I notice myself doing it more and more. like forgetting things so I am now using post it pads on the kitchen table so I don't forget things. ha ha but it works

jayabee52 2013-04-16 20:39:39 -0500 Report

Now what was I saying again? LoL!

jayabee52 2013-04-16 20:52:24 -0500 Report

OH, yes, is there a link to a study which shows that? I know that as I get older and older I have gaps in my memory. I know I know how to do something, but when I go to do it or write it, I cannot. I am so word-oriented it was frustrating.

I had it the worst right after getting put in the hospital needing dialysis due to a Kidney Infection. People would come to visit me in the ICU and I wanted to say something, and couldn't think of how I wanted to say it. I had a concept in my mind, but could not put it into words. I believe that situation is called a "Lacunae" It still happens to me from time to time.

Sometimes when replying to postings here I will get stuck like that and will sit at the keyboard for a while until either the word or concept comes to me, or I figure out how to say it a different way.

Now who am I again? Oh yes,

Jim Edwards (LoL!)—-NOT!

shoulders 2013-04-16 21:17:51 -0500 Report

Lets try to find the link for the study. I saw it on the Diabetic site. Didn't have a lot of information. But, at least it helps me think about my high blood sugar readings! And I have only noticed it in the past 2 months. My diabetes is not undercontrol at all. Will visit with my Dr. on Thursday @2:00 pm. Seems several people are worried about me and my diabetes, they don't want me to … Cynthia

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