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Preventing Diabetes Could Help You Steer Clear Of Dementia

It is estimated that around 24 million people worldwide are living with Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia. Sadly, it is a number that is only on the rise and most attribute this to the fact that people are living longer than ever before. However, new evidence points to another preventable disease that could trigger the horrific robbing of the mind.

Believe it or not, a new study published in Neurology suggests diabetes can significantly increase the risk of developing dementia. The most common form of the disease, type 2 diabetes, is specifically due to obesity and inactivity.

It is no secret that doctors have long suggested maintaining and taking control of your health will prevent diabetes. Getting out and exercising while coupling that with a nutritious diet can help you prevent the disease. And now it is looking a bit clearer that the same agenda can help you steer clear of dementia.

Authors, researchers and scientists are looking more and more at the connection between the two diseases that affect millions of people around the world. While sad to say, diabetes has become a common disorder that is preventable a lot of the time. The number who has it has been growing and controlling it now is more important than ever.

The same can be said about Alzheimer’s and all other forms of diseases affecting the mental state as numbers continue to rise. Scientists took over 1,000 individuals over the age of 60 who were given a glucose tolerance test after fasting overnight to test them for diabetes. 232 people developed the memory destroying disease.

The findings are remarkable; those with diabetes had double the risk for dementia compared to those with normal blood sugar levels. And after accounting for other factors like high cholesterol and smoking, the numbers remained consistent.

The risk was even higher in people who did not have diabetes, but had impaired glucose tolerance. The pre-diabetes condition contains all of the same symptoms like being overweight, having high cholesterol, high blood pressure and high glucose levels. All of these symptoms have long been connected to diabetes and heart disease…and now dementia as well.

If anything good is to come from this, it is that there are a number of ways to reduce and even reverse type 2 diabetes. The hope is that by keeping your weight under control, brain training, exercising and eating a healthy diet, you can reduce or reverse dementia as well.