Issues With Concentrating
Short term impacts of high blood sugar can cause breakdowns in the brain's ability to connect, thus causing issues with concentration. For example, if a thought comes up in short-term memory, such as an errand or an appointment, patients may have a hard time committing the thought to long-term memory. High blood sugar overloads the brain with fuel and may lead patients to feel scattered or jittery and have issues with concentrating.
The long term impacts of high blood sugar levels are genuinely distressing. Under constant exposure to too much sugar, patients may experience brain atrophy, which can impact their ability not only to think straight but to regulate their emotions and respond logically to challenges and stresses. High blood sugar levels can also impact the small blood vessels in the brain and contribute to vascular dementia, a condition that arises when the brain is starved for nutrients by blocked blood vessels.
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