Easy keys to outsmart brain drain
“Stealth” blood-sugar spikes are behind an epidemic of low moods and brain fog in healthy women, reveal researchers at Stanford University. Here’s help
Our days are so packed that it’s easy to assume feeling weary and jumbled is an unavoidable fact of life. Not so, say Stanford researchers, who identified an undiagnosed culprit draining millions of women: “covert” blood-sugar spikes. The study monitored people whose blood-sugar testing showed they were healthy—no signs of prediabetes. But for more than 53% of the subjects, blood sugar rapidly spiked to prediabetic or even diabetic levels after meals—even though the food wasn’t high in sugar.
Why that’s a concern: “When blood sugar spikes, the pancreas secretes insulin to drive glucose down—and the resulting dip can trigger fog, low moods and fatigue,” notes integrative physician Fred Pescatore, M.D. “And since insulin stores excess glucose as fat, repeated spikes can lead to weight gain.” Fortunately, sprinkling simple strategies throughout the day can end covert spikes and boost health!