Diabetes: 'Convincing evidence' that high blood sugar levels linked to Parkinson's disease

The scientific research paper stated there is “convincing evidence” that high blood sugars is not only a risk factor for Parkinson’s, it can further the disease’s progression. Dr Alastair Noyce, from QMU, said: “This research brings together the results from many other studies to provide convincing evidence that type 2 diabetes likely affects not only Parkinson’s risk, but also Parkinson’s progression. “There are many treatment strategies for type 2 diabetes, including prevention strategies, which may be re-purposed for the treatment of Parkinson’s.”

Prevention strategies for type 2 diabetes

Eating well is one of three main ways to prevent type 2 diabetes from developing, as well as moving around more and losing weight.

This involves dietary adjustments as follows:

  1. Choose drinks without added sugar
  2. Higher fibre carbs are your friend
  3. Cut down on red and processed meat
  4. Eat more fruit and vegetables
  5. Opt for unsweetened yoghurts and cheese
  6. Be sensible with alcohol
  7. Healthy snacking
  8. Healthier fats
  9. Cut down on salt

Healthier drinks

  • Unsweetened tea or coffee (no sugar)
  • Plain water
  • Plain milk

Drinks to avoid

  • Sugar-loaded fizzy or energy drinks
  • Sweetened tea or coffee (sugar added in)
  • Fruit juices
  • Smoothies

Unsweetened yoghurts refers to:

  • Plain natural yoghurt
  • Greek yoghurt

As for being sensible with alcohol, do not drink more than 14 units per week.

Alcohol is high in calories, so it can make losing weight more difficult if needed.

Healthier snacks include:

  • Unsalted nuts
  • Seeds
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Unsweetened yoghurts

Healthier fats include: avocados, olive oil, rapeseed oil, sunflower oil.

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