12 August

Diabetes increases the risk of dementia

Diabetes increases the risk of dementia
Study of the American Academy of Neurology found that people with diabetes, the risk of dementia in the elderly increases markedly.

US researchers insist on the inclusion of diabetes to the list of risk factors for the development of dementia.The number of people suffering from diabetes is constantly increasing, but in the light of new facts diabetes control becomes even more important.

dementia, or dementia, in varying degrees of severity seen in 10-15% of all elderly people over the age of 60 years.Senile Dementia leads to changes in personality and character, reduced intellectual and logical abilities, affects the usual skills, interpersonal relationship deteriorates, leading to memory loss, irritability, and even the impossibility of self-service.

most common cause of dementia in the elderly - Alzheimer's disease, dementia, but also may be caused by vascular disease, Parkinson's disease and age-related atrophy of the brain changes.

People with diabetes are at risk of developing dementia caused

by Alzheimer's disease both as other types of dementia, such as vascular dementia, which develops when damaged vessels of the brain, because of what the brain is not fed enough oxygen.

Research 1017 people took part in the study at the age of 60 years and older.Study participants periodically performed glucose tolerance test for the detection of diabetes.On average, participants were regular screening for 11 years, after which they were tested for symptoms of dementia.In the study developed dementia in 232 people.


The study found that in people with diabetes, the likelihood of developing dementia in the two times higher than the probability of the disease in people with normal blood sugar.Of the 150 people with diabetes, dementia showed at 41, compared to 115 people from 559 with a normal amount of sugar that have developed the same disease.

results remained the same even when the researchers took into account factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking.The risk of dementia was also higher in people without diabetes but with impaired glucose tolerance or pre-diabetes condition.

study showed that the risk of dementia increases markedly if the blood glucose concentration remain high even for two hours after meals.

The research is published in the journal Neurology.

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