Type-1 diabetes patients may be more than 6 times as likely to develop dementia

By Study Finds - June 6, 2021

Diabetes can raise the risk of Alzheimer’s disease more than sixfold, warns new research.

Good control of blood sugar protects against the devastating mental disorder, say scientists. Older patients who were admitted to the hospital for both high or low levels were over six times more likely to develop it.

The findings, published in the journal Neurology, are based on nearly 3,000 older people with Type 1 diabetes, the form not linked to obesity.

“For people with diabetes, both severely high and low blood sugar levels are emergencies and both extremes can largely be avoided,” says lead author professor Rachel Whitmer, of California University, Davis, in a statement. 

“However, when they do occur, they can lead to coma, increased hospitalization and even death.”


Diabetes increases the risk of dementia. Following a healthy diet, exercising, and losing weight controls blood sugar and reduces the risk of diabetes.

New research demonstrates that diabetes increases the risk of dementia and type 2 diabetes. While scientists are still trying to determine the connection between the two, the are confident a connection does exist. Knowing this information, controlling blood sugar levels becomes all the more important. High blood sugar levels not only contributes to dementia, but also diabetes, heart disease, weight gain and several other health conditions.

This research is also demonstrating that diabetes may also contribute to memory loss and other cognitive impairments. It looks as if blockages in the blood vessels to the brain, resulting from diabetes, may contribute to this condition. As a result, doctors are recommending we control blood sugar through regular exercise, eating a healthy diet, and maintaining a healthy weight. Maintaining a healthy weight appears to be the most important aspect. In fact, losing 5% of body weight and exercising for 1/2 hour each day reduces the risk of diabetes by 50%.
Tags: dementia, diabetes, Type-1 Diabetes