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Severity of Diabetes Impacts Risk of Dementia

Type-2 diabetes is known to be a risk factor for dementia. A recent study has found that those with more severe diabetes and more complications associated with the disease are more likely to develop dementia.

Participants in the study included 431,178 people who were older than 50 and newly diagnosed with diabetes. The researchers looked at records as far back as 1999 from the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database to determine how many people in the study group were admitted to the hospital or had a minimum of three outpatient medical visits for dementia after being diagnosed with diabetes. They evaluated the progression of each person’s diabetes using the Diabetes Complications Severity Index, which is used to predict deaths and hospitalizations in people with diabetes.

Of the cohort study, 26,856 people (6.2% of the total) were diagnosed with dementia. The researchers found that people with a high score on the Diabetes Complications Severity Index were more likely to develop dementia than those with a lower score.

Researchers from the National Taiwan University College of Public Health conducted the study. It was published online ahead of print on July 9, 2015, in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

Type-2 diabetes is an increasingly common ailment, especially in the Western world. This study exemplifies how this illness can have a serious impact on quality of life. If you’re concerned about developing type-2 diabetes, previous studies suggest that increasing fiber intake, decreasing sugary drinks, and regular exercise may lower your risk.

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