Study links diabetes to likelihood of developing Alzheimer's

September 20, 2011

In case you needed another reason to lose weight and become more active: 

Washington University Alzheimers researchers

Researchers keeps finding that obesity and poor eating habits can endanger your mental health as well as your physical health. For instance, a study out of Japan finds that people with diabetes may have double the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Again, that’s double the risk.

The study also found that people with pre-diabetes also had an increased risk of dementia. Pre-diabetes is condition in which your blood sugar is elevated, but not high enough to be diagnosed with diabetes. However, the majority of those diagnosed with pre-diabetes do progress on into full-blown diabetes eventually. Unless they do something to stop the progression.

If there is an up side to this study, it’s in researchers finding another little piece of the incredibly complex puzzle that is Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers around the world, including those here at Washington University, keep finding pieces.

I think it’s inevitable that researchers will eventually put these pieces together and solve the puzzle, finding a way to prevent and maybe even cure Alzheimer’s.

In the meantime, studies like this Japanese one give us an idea of what we can do to keep our brain healthy – keep your body healthy!

-Kathryn Holleman

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Category: Diabetes, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Research

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