The association between diabetes and dementia has also been revealed by a study from Japan, published in the journal Neurology on August 25. The research brought out that people with the risk of getting affected with type 2 diabetes are also vulnerable to conditions similar to that of Alzheimer's.
During the study, the researchers discovered that people in their 60s who were having increased concentration of fasting blood sugar levels or insulin were three to six times more likely to develop specific protein deposits called plaques in their brains after 10 years or so, which would increase the chances of cropping up of memory-robbing condition.
The research was carried out on 135 adults of Japan and they were examined with the levels of insulin and the risk of getting contracted with dementia-like conditions. They were made to undergo several tests such as an oral
2-hour glucose tolerance test, fasting blood sugar and insulin levels; and homeostasis assessment of insulin resistance (HOMA-IR).
It was discovered that those, who had higher levels of sugar levels after two hours of eating, high fasting insulin levels and increased HOMA-IR score possessed higher risk of developing plaques.
It was also found that people with gene ApoE4, believed to be found in Alzheimer's patients, responded strongly to high blood sugar levels, insulin resistance and fasting insulin levels and the eruption of plaques.
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