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Type 2 Diabetes – Lower Blood Sugar and Blood Pressure Readings Lead To Healthy Thinking

Friday, September 8th, 2017

According to several scientists at the Maastricht University Medical Center at the Maastricht University in the Netherlands, controlling Type 2 diabetes and blood pressure can help ward off thinking problems that contribute to complicating the disease. Their study reported on in the journal of the American Diabetes Association, Diabetes Care, in August of 2017, included two thousand five hundred and thirty-one participants, six hundred and sixty-six of which had Type 2 diabetes. The participants with Type 2 diabetes scored a lower level in their mental tests including…

  • executive function,
  • attention, and
  • processing speed,

than did the nondiabetic participants.

Executive function is…

  • the ability to plan,
  • carry out projects,
  • observe, and
  • try some other plan if necessary.

Among the participants with Type 2 diabetes…

  • high blood sugar levels were linked strongly with poorer mental abilities, and
  • high blood pressure readings (hypertension) had a slightly lower link with poor test results.

The investigators concluded blood sugar and hypertension were related to poor mental function in this test, but they pointed out the study is cross-sectional. Cross-sectional studies look at all things at the same time. In the future, a study looking at blood sugar, blood pressure, and mental abilities changing over time could make the results more compelling.

In May of 2015, the North American Journal of Medical Science published the results of a similar study performed at Cooper University in New Jersey, United States. Researchers found…

  • 19.5 percent of Type 2 diabetic participants 60 years of age or younger, had impaired mental functions.
  • the HbA1c reading was also weakly linked with thinking functions.
  • there was also a slight connection with the number of years participants had diabetes and lowered mental scores.

On the bright side, there was a small link between education and better mental scores.

Blood sugar levels affect the whole body by affecting the blood vessels and keeping them from delivering sufficient oxygen and nutrients. High blood pressure makes the heart struggle to provide enough blood to the entire body, including the brain. Keeping blood sugar levels and blood pressure under control is good for the whole body.

Type 2 diabetes and blood pressure are monitored by many of the same things. Eating a healthy diet…

  • obtaining and maintaining a healthy weight, and
  • getting enough physical activity,

contribute to healthy blood pressure readings and blood sugar levels. When necessary take medications religiously for healthy mental function and overall good health.

The Myth of the Perfect House

Friday, September 8th, 2017

When home buyers are looking at potential homes to buy they need to be reminded that no home is perfect. Every home has at least some small issues and things that need to be maintained to help prevent small things from becoming larger issues. Home inspectors are often blamed for the news of less than perfect conditions.

When buyers are looking at homes the sellers just cleaned and decluttered the place. This is often the best the house has ever looked, except for the time they bought the home from the seller before.

No home is perfect. The purpose of the home inspection is not to only point out things that are wrong or in need of repair. The home inspection is the fastest way for a future owner to learn about the home. Learn the locations of shut off valves, areas that need frequent cleaning or maintenance done, learn things about the equipment or systems that are aging and me be a larger expense in the next few years, etc.

When a person suggests to the buyer that they skip the home inspection or tell the inspector that they will not find anything they are in error. The value of the inspection goes beyond the finding to deteriorated wood and broken window sills. It includes the education that this valuable for the upkeep and future condition of the place.

Buyers should be pre warned that all home inspectors will find some concerns with every house or condo. When the buyer expects perfection because they were told that the home is perfect, they are more likely to be disappointed when the home inspection report comes back with issue. Most likely the issues found are normal and minor, however they were expecting perfection.

The lesson is to not expect perfection. To tell the buyer that the home is perfect and that nothing is wrong there is to set the buyer up for disappointment.

Sometimes after the concerns are identified the easiest thing to do is to blame the home inspector.

The seller and the agent do not want to admit that they were wrong about the condition of the home. So the inspector gets blamed. This is silly. It is not rational to think that after being at the home for two to three hours the inspector caused 5 years of rot or installed the deck wrong. Some home inspectors will make mountains out of mole hills and they shoiuld not. Keeping things in proper perspective is important and it begins with setting the expectations with the home buyer.