Oh no! More bad news for those with diabetes and one more reason to take steps to prevent it in the first place!
A study in Japan of more than 1,000 men and women over the age of 60 concluded that people with diabetes were TWICE as likely as others in the study to develop Alzheimer's disease within 15 years.
They were also 1.75 times more likely to develop dementia of any kind.
It is not clear yet how diabetes affects the development of Alzheimer's, but researchers have a few hypotheses. According to sources, possible links between the two diseases include:
Insulin resistance, which causes high blood sugar and in some cases leads to type 2 diabetes, may interfere with the body's ability to break down a protein (amyloid) that forms brain plaques that have been linked to Alzheimer's. High blood sugar (glucose) also produces certain oxygen-containing molecules that can damage cells, in a process known as oxidative stress.
Additionally, high blood sugar and cholesterol can lead to the hardening and narrowing of arteries in the brain, which may cause vascular dementia.
There seems to be more and more research coming out that should only encourage people to get moving! It's one thing to have diabetes, but it's another to lose your mind!
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