TYPE 2 DIABETES: GATEWAY TO DEMENTIA


(from UC, Berkeley Wellness Letter, December 2011

According to a recent Japanese study published in Neurology, type 2 diabetes increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

If found that over a 15-year period, older persons with poor blood sugar control/impaired glucose tolerance were significantly more likely to develop dementia.  The results were consistent even after the researchers took into consideration factors such as hypertension and high cholesterol.

Previous studies also link diabetes with cognitive decline, brain shrinkage and plaque formation in the brain.  Researchers concluded that blood sugar control “ . . . is critical to prevent future dementia.”

To stay abreast of Lake County Battles Obesity, visit Ron Graham’s blog for the Lake County General Health District at http://lcghd.blogspot.com   Visit often.  The life and limb you save may be your own.

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