SAccording to a study published in the journal Diabetologia, people with diabetes are three times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease. The investigation concluded that this risk is greater the younger people are.
“The onset of diabetes at an early age is strongly related to dementia”, reveals Professor Elizabeth Selvin, from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in the United States, one of the authors of the study.
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“Thus, preventing or delaying the progression of pre-diabetes to diabetes will substantially reduce the future development of dementia,” he continues.
The investigation involved nearly 11,700 people in the United States who were followed over 30 years. The incidence of Alzheimer’s disease increased threefold in patients who had been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes before age 60.
“Pre-diabetes is associated with a risk of dementia, but this risk is explained by the development of diabetes,” explains Elizabeth Selvin.
“Our findings suggest that preventing the progression of diabetes, especially in younger individuals, may be an important way to reduce the chance of developing dementia.”
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