Getting diagnosed with Parkinson's disease can be pretty harrowing, because the disease can rob you of your balance, motor control, and independence.

I should know -- I was diagnosed with Parkinson's over a dozen years ago.

Fortunately, I've been able to keep the disease from progressing with diet, exercise, and detox -- because we know that toxins from pesticides and other environmental sources are a major trigger of Parkinson's disease.

But according to a new study, there's something INSIDE of your body that may be toxic enough to your brain to set off Parkinson's disease.

High blood sugar!

In a study published in Neurology, researchers tracked Parkinson's diagnoses among millions of diabetic and non-diabetic patients over the course of 12 years and found that those with diabetes had a 32 percent GREATER risk of developing Parkinson's than those without it.

And those who had already developed diabetes-related health complications -- including damage to their retinas, kidneys, or nerves -- faced a whopping 49 percent hike in Parkinson's risk compared to non-diabetics.

What's more, those who were on the younger side when they received a diabetes diagnosis -- ages 25 to 44 -- had a FOURFOLD greater likelihood of eventually developing Parkinson's than non-diabetics.

That suggests that the longer you live with diabetes, the more likely it is that you'll face this debilitating neurodegenerative disease.

Now, the study didn't determine that diabetes causes Parkinson's -- just that the two are linked.

But unlike most tissues in your body, your brain cells are almost exclusively reliant on glucose (a.k.a. sugar) as a source of energy, which means that if there's a problem ferrying glucose out of your blood and into your cells (as we see with diabetes), your gray matter can suffer.

And as previous studies have shown, excess blood sugar can damage cells in areas of your brain that control everything from speech to movement, AND it can also reduce the ability of your brain's immune system to tamp down inflammation , a major risk factor for Parkinson's.

So, to protect your brain from injury that could trigger Parkinson's, you don't just want to control diabetes... you want to REVERSE it.

Switching to the Paleo (a.k.a. "caveman") diet has been proven to put diabetes in reverse -- because it eliminates the grains and sugars that spike your blood sugar in favor of proteins and produce that hold it steady.

It's also a simple way to dodge the toxins of processed and packaged foods that contribute to Parkinson's risk.

Staying active is another way to naturally keep blood sugar in check -- and as a bonus, it'll help you sweat out any toxins that might otherwise wind up in your brain.