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Diabetes Linked with Onset of Alzheimer’s

Mar 20, 2007

Doctors in the United States have raised concerns that there could be a connection between diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. American researchers have found evidence that diabetes can slow down the brain, and diabetics are 65 per cent more likely to develop Alzheimer’s than people with normal blood sugar levels. Doctors are still trying to understand the connection, but they know that diabetic cells reject insulin.

Their theories suggest that perhaps brain cells in diabetics behave the same way, for instance the neurons in the brain also are unable to use insulin properly. With increasing levels of diabetics worldwide, the number of people with Alzheimer’s could become devastating.

Doctors remain hopeful that a category of diabetes drugs called Glitazones may delay the development of Alzheimer’s. Diabetics taking Glitazones had almost a 20 per cent lower risk of Alzheimer’s over a period of 6 years.


ASIA Is Now Part of the Growing Diabetes Epidemic:
: It is now expected to reach epidemic proportions as they become affluent middle class. A cheese burger one day, lasagna the next and chicken nuggets instead of a bowl of noodles.  Across the continent, a newly-affluent Asian middle class is splurging after centuries of deprivation, shaking off a diet traditionally high in vegetables and rice and low in meat and opting instead for food loaded with saturated fat. But the new variety of foods available to affluent Asians, coupled with a less active lifestyle, has a price — diabetes.  Health experts say Asians are especially at risk for diabetes — caused by excess weight, fatty foods and lack of exercise  as the Asian metabolism has over the centuries adapted to a frugal diet and a hard-working lifestyle.  “If you have a poor early life and you then rapidly move into the direction of plenty, you may be more at risk,” said Clive Cockram, a professor of medicine at the Chinese University in Hong Kong. Asians are four to six times more likely to get diabetes than Caucasians, experts say.   “There is more diabetes than AIDS. It will take over as the main health problem of the developing world soon,” said Dr Shirine Boardman, a diabetes expert at Warwick Hospital in England.