Over 60s With Type 2 Diabetes Prone To End Up With Dementia

Over 60s With Type 2 Diabetes Prone To End Up With DementiaAccording to new research, patients afflicted with diabetes have doubled the risk of developing Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia.

Diabetes is a common disorder, and the number of people with it has been growing in recent years all over the world. Controlling diabetes is now more important than ever,’ Dr Yutaka Kiyohara from the Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan, who carried out the research.

From Dailymail.co.uk:

Of the 150 participants with diabetes 20 developed dementia compared to 51 of the 559 people without the disease who developed it.

Meaning those who suffered with diabetes, which can triggered by obesity, were twice as likely to develop a form of dementia including vascular dementia which occurs when blood vessels are damaged and eventually deprive the brain of oxygen.

These results remained the same after the researchers accounted for factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking.

The risk of dementia was also higher in those who did not have diabetes but did have impaired glucose tolerance, or were ‘pre-diabetes.’

In addition, the risk of developing dementia significantly increased when blood sugar was still high two hours after a meal.

The study will be published in the medical journal Neurology today.

‘Our findings emphasise the need to consider diabetes as a potential risk factor for dementia,’ Kiyohara added.

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