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OCTOBER 2013 — BALTIMORE BEACON
High blood sugar increases dementia risk Have You Fallen? Seeking Men and Women to participate in a research study at the University of Maryland & Veterans Aﬀairs of Baltimore to better understand balance and the prevention of falls in aging individuals.
you will receive: • Health evaluation • Balance, step, strength, and/or ﬂexibility exercises • Compensation for your time If interested call: 410-605-7179 & Mention code: LIFT Baltimore VA/University of Maryland Gerontology Recruitment Line *You must be at least 65 years old and in good health *Participants will be seen at the Baltimore VA Medical Center and University of Maryland School of Medicine *You will attend approximately 41 visits for 1 to 4 hours of time per visit
By Marilynn Marchione Higher blood-sugar levels, even those well short of diabetes, seem to raise the risk of developing dementia, a major new study finds. Researchers say it suggests a novel way to try to prevent Alzheimer’s disease — by keeping glucose at a healthy level. Alzheimer’s is by far the most common form of dementia, and it’s long been known that diabetes makes it more likely. The new study tracked blood sugar over time in all sorts of people — with and without diabetes — to see how it affects risk for the mind-robbing disease. “It’s a nice, clean pattern” — risk rises as blood sugar does, said Dallas Anderson, a scientist at the National Institute on Aging, the federal agency that paid for the study. “This is part of a larger picture,” he said, and adds evidence that exercising and con-
trolling blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol are viable ways to delay or prevent dementia. Because so many attempts to develop effective drugs have failed, “It looks like, at the moment, sort of our best bet,” Anderson said. “We have to do something. If we just do nothing and wait around till there’s some kind of cocktail of pills, we could be waiting a long time.” About 35 million people worldwide have dementia; in the United States, about 5 million have Alzheimer’s disease. What causes it isn’t known. Current treatments just temporarily ease symptoms. People who have diabetes don’t make enough insulin, or their bodies don’t use insulin well, to turn food into energy. That See BLOOD SUGAR, page 17
Walk, run or volunteer at the 21st Annual Komen Maryland Race for the Cure on Sunday, Oct. 20, in Hunt Valley. If each race participant asks 10 people to donate at least $10, each participant will raise $100 to fight breast cancer in Maryland. For more information, visit www.komenmd.org/2013.
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• 55 or BETTER!
FREE PET BEREAVEMENT COUNSELING
The Baltimore Humane Society offers a free pet bereavement support group the first Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m., at 1601 Nicodemus Rd. in Reisterstown. For more information, call (410) 833-8848 or visit www.baltimorehumane.org.
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ANNUAL RACE FOR THE CURE
PARKINSON’S DISEASE CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP
This monthly support group meets the first Thursday of every month from 10 a.m. to noon at Johns Hopkins at Green Spring Station, Foxleigh Building, 2330 Joppa Rd., Lutherville. For more details, call (410) 617-2811 or visit www.hopkinsmd.org.
TWELVE STEP RECOVERY WORKSHOP
Twelve Step Recovery Workshop hosts a free weekly meeting for those suffering from any addictive or compulsive behavior. The group meets on Thursdays at 7 p.m. at Ascension Lutheran Church, 7601 York Rd. in Towson. For more information, call (410) 880-2439 or visit www.12stepsrecovery.org.
October 2013 Baltimore Beacon Edition