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'Dementia risk' for diabetics with low blood sugar

'Dementia risk' for diabetics with low blood sugar
15th April 2009

Older people with diabetes whose blood sugar drops to particularly low levels at certain points in their lifetime have a much higher risk of developing dementia, it has been revealed.

According to a new report published in today's Journal of the American Medical Association, it was found that people hospitalised at some point by severely low blood sugar levels are more likely to have cognitive function struggles in later life.

Scientists were surprised when finding out the information as it was independent of glycaemic control, though people already at risk of dementia may be more likely to be at risk of neurological problems brought about by hypoglycaemia.

It follows a raft of recent studies which have found that people who are diabetic and taking pills or insulin to counteract their problems have a much lower risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

According to Diabetes UK, signs to watch out for in regards to the condition include increased thirst, blurred vision, weight loss and the need to go to the toilet regularly, as well as the slow healing of wounds.

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