Diabetes can Double the Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

Diabetes has been linked to complications with eyesight, circulation, heart disease, stroke and neuropathy among others.

Now we can add Alzheimer’s to the list of ailments.

Having diabetes can double the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

In the study, which included more than 1,000 men and women over age 60, researchers found that people with diabetes were twice as likely as the other study participants to develop Alzheimer’s disease within 15 years. They were also 1.75 times more likely to develop dementia of any kind.
“It’s really important for the [public’s] health to understand that diabetes is a significant risk factor for all of these types of dementia,” says Rachel Whitmer, Ph.D., an epidemiologist in the research division of Kaiser Permanente Northern California, a nonprofit health-care organization based in Oakland, California.

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