Diabetes may lead to dementia

Alan Wu

September 20, 2011

Diabetes may lead to dementiaResearchers from Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan, have found that those who suffer from diabetes are twice as likely to develop some form of dementia.

Scientists studied 1,017 people age 60 or older for 11 years.

During the initial testing, those in the study were given a glucose tolerance test after an overnight fast to see if they had diabetes, they were then followed for the duration of the study. After 11 years, participants were tested for dementia.

From the research, scientists found that out of 150 people who developed diabetes during the trial, 49 also developed dementia. This is in comparison to 115 people who developed dementia out of 559 without diabetes.

"Our findings emphasize the need to consider diabetes as a potential risk factor for dementia," said study author Yutaka Kiyohara. "Diabetes is a common disorder, and the number of people with it has been growing in recent years all over the world. Controlling diabetes is now more important than ever."

Those worried about their aging parents living at home may want to install a medical alert system in their house as a way to call for help should a problem arise. This may be especially helpful for seniors with diabetes or dementia as such disorders can cause confusion and falling from lack of insulin or not remembering where certain things such as furniture is in their homes.