The results of a recent Japanese study published in the journal Neurology indicates that diabetes appears to dramatically increase a person’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia later in life.
In the study, which included more than 1,000 men and women over age 60, researchers found that people with diabetes were twice as likely as the other study participants to develop Alzheimer’s disease within 15 years. They were also 1.75 times more likely to develop dementia of any kind.
Scientists are now investigating whether controlling blood sugar and reducing risk factors for type 2 diabetes also reduces dementia risk. The full article can be found here.
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