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Diabetes and Alzheimer's 'are definitely linked'

Diabetes and Alzheimer's 'are definitely linked'
30th October 2009

Earlier this year, it was discovered that people with Alzheimer's disease who have diabetes experience slower memory loss than those without the condition, according to a study.

The study, published in the journal Neurology, was highlighted in recent comments from Andrew Scheuber, a spokesperson for the Alzheimer's Research Trust.

He explained that it is still not too clear as to why this happens, though researchers around the world are bearing in mind that there is a definite link between the two.

Mr Scheuber continued: "It might be that people with diabetes are receiving other treatments like drugs for high blood pressure which could be slowing memory loss.

"Although it may be that people with diabetes have different brain lesions and this could cause the disease to spread in a slightly different way."

The expert added that the Alzheimer's Research Trust continues to work on the connection between the two conditions and that new treatments could be developed in the future.

Until then, Mr Scheuber recommended that people reduce their risk of diabetes with a healthy diet and plenty of exercise.

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