New Study: Diabetes Increases Dementia Risk

September 21, 2011 Updated Sep 21, 2011 at 10:42 PM EDT

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September 21, 2011 Updated Sep 21, 2011 at 10:42 PM EDT

(WKBW/Cleveland Clinic) A new study shows diabetics may have an increased risk of developing dementia as they get older.

Japanese researchers followed more than a thousand people, all age 60 or older for an average of 11 years.

Results show diabetics were twice as likely to develop dementia compared to people with normal blood sugar levels, and the risk of developing dementia significantly increased in people whose
blood sugar was high two hours after a meal.

Researchers say the findings emphasize the need to consider diabetes as a potential risk factor for dementia.

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