Low levels of glucose in the brain may trigger Alzheimer’s

DALLAS: Our brain runs on sugar, and new research links the lack of glucose with cognitive impairment typical of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Additionally, researchers may have identified a new drug target for treating the neurodegenerative disease.

This can include problems with their reasoning, judgment, or memory that are greater than normal, yet do not interfere with daily functioning.

As recent studies have suggested, even before the first signs of cognitive impairment, the levels of glucose in the brain begin to decline.

Glucose is crucial for good cognitive functioning. In fact, our brains rely heavily on this source of energy, using half of all the sugar in our body to fuel reasoning, memory, and learning.

New research – led by Dr. Domenico Praticò, a professor at the Center for Translational Medicine at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA – investigates more deeply the impact that glucose deprivation has on the brain…..

Full story covered in the Dementia Business Weekly.