Diabetes 'doubles Alzheimer's risk'

Diabetes 'doubles Alzheimer's risk'

People with diabetes are at a much higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, new research shows.

Individuals who had diabetes were twice as likely to develop Alzheimer's within 15 years, according to the study published in journal Neurology.

Furthermore, they were also at a 1.75 times higher risk of getting dementia of any kind.

It is unclear as to why diabetes could increase the chance of dementia, although the researchers put forth several potential explanations.

For example, high blood sugar and high cholesterol cause the hardening and narrowing of brain arteries, which can result in vascular dementia.

Furthermore, glucose intolerance could increase oxidative stress and metabolism problems in the brain.

This follows news that activating 'good' fat in the body could combat obesity and diabetes.

A study published in journal Endocrinology found that two molecular pathways were key to the activation of this brown fat.

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