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.”