For several years now, scientists have been exploring a theory that dementia and diabetes progress similarly, and that toxic blood sugar levels may have a causative effect on dementia.
Now, a new study finds that those with underlying Type 2 diabetes are 60% more likely to develop dementia later in life.
Experts are impressed with the study’s sample size, which included 2 million people. Some 100,000 of those had dementia.
Specifically, the study found that:
- Both men and women are more likely to develop dementia if they have Type 2 diabetes.
- Women are more likely to develop vascular dementia, a type of dementia caused by reduced blood supply to the brain (often after stroke).
- Women with diabetes are at a greater risk than men for a wide range of other complications as well.
- Those who already have Type II diabetes can significantly reduce their dementia risks by eating better, exercising more, and giving up alcohol and tobacco.
Dementia remains a substantial risk, with the occurrence rate continuing to rise worldwide. This latest study portends even greater concern for the future, given the prevalence of Type II diabetes in western society.
While we are encouraged to see another leap forward in scientists’ understanding of this terrible disease, we continue to urge Ohioans to take the threat of dementia seriously. The diagnosis is impacting a growing number of families in our state, and the cost of care that follows can be astronomical.
With careful planning, you can ensure that your family will be ready for that challenge should it arise. Our Canton advance planning lawyers can help.