DIABETES AND ALZHEIMER’S
ANCHOR LEAD: EVEN YOUNGER PEOPLE WITH TYPE 2 DIABETES MAY EXPERIENCE COGNITIVE PROBLEMS, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Cognitive decline has been known to occur more often in people with diabetes than those who don’t have the condition, but now a recent study demonstrates that such decline happens even when glucose control appears to be adequate and when people are in their fifties. Constantine Lyketsos, an Alzheimer’s disease expert at Johns Hopkins, comments.
LYKETSOS: We know that poorly controlled type 2 diabetes compromises cognitive function even in younger people in their fifties. I think it tells us that people who have diabetes must be extra cautious about glucose control, because even with apparently fairly good glucose control, there seems to be a greater risk for cognitive decline even in younger ages. :19
Lyketsos says other factors such as high blood pressure, sedentary lifestyle and overweight must also be evaluated for their impact on Alzheimer’s disease development in people with diabetes, but suggests that an overall lifestyle approach is likely best. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.