Dementia Warning Signs Identified in Type 2 Diabetics:
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Three factors linked to
cognitive deficits in older adults with type 2 diabetes have been
identified in a new study.
Canadian researchers looked at 41 adults, ageds 55 to 81, with
type 2 diabetes and found that those who had high blood pressure,
walked slowly or had balance problems, or believed they were in bad
health were much more likely to have poorer memory and slower, more
rigid cognitive processing than those without these three
The study appears in the September issue of the journal
While these factors may not actually cause cognitive deficits,
their presence could alert doctors that such problems may exist or
soon develop, the researchers said.
"Awareness of the link between diabetes and cognition could help people realize how important it is to manage this disease -- and to motivate them to do so," study co-author Roger Dixon, of the University of Alberta, said in an American Psychological Association news release.
Previous research has shown that type 2 diabetes nearly doubles
the risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Increasing rates of
diabetes among older people in Western nations could lead to a
dramatic increase in the number of people with dementia, Dixon
In the United States, 23 percent of people older than 60 have
diabetes, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and
Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
The American Academy of Family Physicians outlines the
warning signs of dementia.
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