Insulin Therapy May Slow Dementia
Research news from the American Diabetes Association 73rd Scientific Sessions, June 21–25, 2013
Diabetes can take a toll on your body, but it also wears on your mind: Diabetes, along with high blood pressure, abnormal levels of blood fats, and obesity, doubles the risk factors for cognitive decline in people ages 45 to 65. Studies give conflicting results on how much diabetes can affect someone's risk of developing dementia before age 65, but research from Washington University in St. Louis shows that insulin therapy can slow cognitive decline more than other treatments. Researchers say larger studies need to be done to find out why. They note, though, that beyond age 85, people with and without diabetes face the same rate of cognitive decline.