O untreated diabetes Well, it can be a highly favored factor. the onset of Alzheimer's disease and dementia, according to a report released Monday.
Research from the University of Southern California (USC) compared people with diabetes, pre-diabetes and normal blood sugar leveland found that if diabetic conditions are not treated in time, senile dementia indicators increase.
"Our results emphasize the importance of combating diabetes and other metabolic diseases in adults as early as possible"said psychologist Daniel Nation, the study's lead author.
Nation noted that among people with diabetes whether or not to follow a specific treatment for this condition has a direct impact on the subsequent onset of dementia or Alzheimer's symptoms.
Nation, along with Elissa McIntosh, both of the USC Dornsife Center, studied data on 1,289 people over the age of 55 obtained through the Neuroimaging Alzheimer's Disease Initiative.
The information included data on diabetes and vascular diseases, brain scans and a number of general health indicators, including performance on memory tests.
Of a selected group of 901 patients, 54 had type 2 diabetes and had not been treated, while 67 were receiving treatment.
In addition, 530 patients had a normal blood sugar level and 250 were in the pre-diabetes stage.
The study compared the cerebral images and the cerebrospinal fluid of these patients to analyze the so-called "tau pathology" and the progression of lumps in brain tissue, two clear features of Alzheimer's disease.
These symptoms of dementia appeared mainly in those patients who, having diabetes, were not treated for their disease.
"It is clear that diabetes medications make a difference in the progression of Alzheimer's disease by reducing its appearance,said Nation.
However, the study failed to establish "Just as these drugs decrease or prevent the onset of Alzheimer's disease", something that the authors considered important to continue investigating.