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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Monday, May 3, 2021

Earlier Diabetes Onset Could Raise Dementia Risk

AlzheimersThe younger the age of a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis, the higher the risk for Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. 

Type 2 diabetes, a chronic and progressive illness, has the power to create a plethora of health complications—dangerous complications. These complications include, hearing loss, blindness, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure and vascular damage so severe as to require limb amputation. A new study has just added dementia to that long list. 

Given the prevalence of Type 2 diabetes in America, this added complication is quite alarming. "Once referred to as “adult-onset diabetes” to distinguish it from the immune-related “juvenile-onset” Type 1 disease that begins in childhood, Type 2 diabetes is seen in younger and younger people, largely tied to rising rates of obesity."

It is important to note that the study does not provide conclusive evidence that diabetes causes dementia. However, "[t]he researchers controlled for many factors that affect the risk for dementia, including race, education, heart conditions, stroke, smoking and physical activity, and the diabetes-dementia link persisted."

See Nicholas Bakalar, Earlier Diabetes Onset Could Raise Dementia Risk, N.Y. Times, May 3, 2021. 

Special thanks to Lewis Saret (Attorney, Washington, D.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.  

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