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Health & Fitness Many unaware that diabetes tied to higher risk of dementia

17:41  14 november  2017
17:41  14 november  2017 Source:   msn.com

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The study found that people with type 1 diabetes were 83 percent more likely to develop dementia as seniors. "Our study found a modestly higher risk of all-cause dementia in people with type 1 diabetes . The next step is to figure out what that means

Diabetic woman injecting herself with insulin (Image: Getty) © provided by Irish Mirror Diabetic woman injecting herself with insulin (Image: Getty) The devastating effect diabetes has on the brain is being hugely underestimated, experts have warned.

A diabetes patient’s risk of developing dementia is two to three times higher, but 35% of people are completely unaware of this.

Experts say there is a need for a better understanding of the connection between both diseases in a report published on Tuesday to mark World Diabetes Day.

Author, Dr Catherine Dolan, from the ‘Dementia: Understand Together’ campaign, said: “Although awareness of diabetes as a risk factor for dementia was somewhat higher among people with diabetes, overall one in three of those surveyed were unaware that dementia can be a complication of diabetes.

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"Although awareness of diabetes as a risk factor for dementia was somewhat higher among people with diabetes , overall one in three of those surveyed were unaware that dementia can be a complication of diabetes . For more information on diabetes , click here.

Smoking in middle age was associated with 41 percent higher odds of dementia later on, while diabetes was linked to a 77 percent greater risk . So-called prehypertension, when blood pressure is elevated but not high enough to be formally diagnosed as high blood pressure, was tied to a 31

“While there is greater awareness of the potential impact of diabetes on organs such as the kidneys and eyes, unfortunately there is much less awareness that having diabetes increases a person’s risk of developing dementia.”

The study also found that just under half, 46%, of those surveyed were unaware that the risk of developing dementia can be potentially reduced.

Dr Dolan added: “These findings are particularly worrying given that the number of people with diabetes in Ireland is set to increase over the next 20 years mainly due to obesity, sedentary and inactive lifestyles and our ageing population.

“A report by the Institute of Public Health in 2010 entitled ‘Making Chronic Conditions Count’ predicted a 62% increase in the number of people with diabetes in Ireland by 2020.”

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The risk of developing dementia was also heightened in people who had "pre- diabetes ," a condition marked by slightly elevated levels of blood sugar (glucose). And theheightened risk was evident even when the scientists controlled for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking

Alzheimer’s is sometimes described as “ diabetes of the brain,” and a growing Smoking is one of the most preventable risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia . One study found that smokers over the age of 65 have a nearly 80% higher risk of Alzheimer’s than those who have never smoked.

Common symptoms of dementia include difficulties with thinking and language, problem-solving and carrying out everyday tasks, as well as memory loss and changes in mood and behaviour.

These symptoms can in turn impact on the management of a person’s diabetes, potentially leading to other complications.

A newly launched website, www.understandtogether.ie, provides information for people who are interested in finding out about dementia.

If a person is worried that they or a member of their family may be experiencing any of the symptoms, they can freephone 1800 341 341 and speak with an advisor.

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