Every month I (try) to put out a senior news roundup, which is the latest news from the past month that I found worthwhile to include as the most important news of the month.

Most months the major topics revolve around new studies that are helping us inch closer to curing cancer, heart disease, and dementia.   I find all of this fascinating, and if you get my newsletter or read the blog, you must too.  

One area where I continually see studies and new reports around is sugar.  As more studies are published, it continues to look extremely likely that sugar is a major contributor to dementia.

It’s not just a few articles I have read; it’s multiple:

Above-normal blood sugar linked to dementia

How Sugar Harms Your Brain Health and Drives Alzheimer’s Epidemic

High Blood Sugar Linked To Dementia

Sugar Linked to Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

Excess sugar linked to Alzheimer’s: Study finds a ‘tipping point.’

Dementia could be triggered by eating too much sugar, landmark study reveals

Now, I just did a quick Google search and in five minutes found these six article dating from 2013 – 2017.  So for at least four years, we have been aware of this correlation.  

Also, I will admit that within those six articles some might be reporting on the same study, but that isn’t the point.  

The point is almost every major news organization has been reporting on this subject for the past four years, yet, we still sit here confused as to how this disease progresses.  

Additionally, it isn’t as if there aren’t warning signs of what is killing our seniors.  We all know about the obesity crisis, adult on-set diabetes, heart disease and a plethora of other symptoms of having a poor diet, which is made up of massive amounts of sugar.

Sugar isn’t just in the candy bars and pastries that we eat.  It’s in the bread, the microwavable meals, dairy, juices, and sodas.  It’s everywhere, and it is killing us, and it is the reason it is killing our seniors.  We as a society have been consuming vast amounts of sugar unaware of the dangers that come with over-consumption, and it is killing us.

Not sure?  Just look at the top ten reasons for death in America:

  1. Heart disease
  2. Cancer
  3. Chronic lower respiratory disease
  4. Accidents (unintentional injuries)
  5. Stroke
  6. Alzheimer’s disease
  7. Diabetes
  8. Influenza and pneumonia
  9. Kidney disease 
  10. Suicide

Of the top ten reasons for death, five have connections to a person’s diet.

Heart disease, cancer, stroke, Alzheimer’s and diabetes are all connected to obesity, which is driven by high sugar consumption.  

Sugar has become this centuries cigarette crisis.

For all intensive purposes, we don’t have a clue on how to “cure” Alzheimer’s and maybe there isn’t ever going to be a cure.  Are some cancer’s and dementia just an inevitable result of a lifetime of eating the wrong types of foods?  Maybe.

Right now, all we know is that sugar seems to be the culprit for many of the chronic diseases that are killing this nation and killing our seniors.  

So what are we going to do about it?