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Are Diabetics more prone to dementia

Discussion in 'Dementia-related news and campaigns' started by hariyaksh, Sep 11, 2015.

  1. hariyaksh

    hariyaksh Registered User

    Aug 26, 2015
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    I read an article online that diabetic patients are more prone to dementia than others. Now the thing is my grandmother already has dementia and my father has diabetes. Reading this article has scared the hell out of me since I'm already losing my grandmother and now this news.
    If there is some person with medical background or medical authority, then kindly confirm as to whether this news is true or false. the article is here: http://www.freepressjournal.in/diabetics-more-prone-to-suffer-from-dementia/

    Please someone provide me with relevant information regarding this since I am right now in full panic mode.
     
  2. Grannie G

    Grannie G Volunteer Moderator

    Apr 3, 2006
    68,721
    Kent
    Hello hariyaksh

    There is no one on TP who will be able to post as a professional medic because the Forum if for peer support only. If you want true medical advice your GP is the best first port of call.

    My husband had type two diabetes and I know there are others on the forum who are diabetic too. Saying this, there will be millions of diabetics who do not develop dementia although I have no idea of the figures.

    All any of us can do is adopt the healthiest lifestyle possible and seek medical advice if we have concerns.
     
  3. Mal2

    Mal2 Registered User

    Oct 14, 2014
    2,967
    Enfield
    When my husband was diagnosed 12 years ago, we were told it could have been helped on by the diabetes. With diabetes it can affect the blood flow to the extremities, hands, feet brain. No point worrying what may be though, you will only be beating yourself up, take each day as it comes.

    My husband has only deteriorated over the last 6 months, but, still happy in himself. So we have lived a 'normal' life for 11 1/2 years. I don't want to know what may happen next week, next month or next year, I just enjoy what we have today.

    I hope everything works out well for you. Hugs:)
     
  4. Soobee

    Soobee Registered User

    Aug 22, 2009
    2,734
    South
    Anyone with diabetes is more at risk of a range of health problems including heart attacks and strokes. Those who have strokes are more likely to get a form of dementia called vascular dementia.

    It doesn't mean that everyone who has diabetes will go on to get dementia. My parents lived for many years with diabetes without any problems at all (one got dementia, the other had cancer).

    My sister has diabetes too and I am likely to develop it because of my weight and lifestyle. I don't see the point in worrying about it and I am basically enjoying life whilst I can. There will be a point in the future some time when I will have to cut back on a lot of food and drink that I enjoy now and I will face it then. It's probably a little bit fatalistic as if I completely changed everything about my life now then I might not get diabetes, but the odds are utterly stacked against me on that.

    If you live your life worrying about what may or may not happen to you or your loved ones at some time in the future then you'll be missing out on enjoying what you have got today. It took me a while to learn this (as a born worrier) but I am getting there.
     
  5. Margarita

    Margarita Registered User

    Feb 17, 2006
    10,824
    london
    #5 Margarita, Sep 29, 2015
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2015
    This is a good read from AZ Society Fack sheets

    http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/documents_info.php?documentID=3020

     
  6. Margarita

    Margarita Registered User

    Feb 17, 2006
    10,824
    london
    #6 Margarita, Sep 29, 2015
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2015

    I totally agree with you on that .

    But I do feel more awareness needs to happen in this area of diabetics & dementia.
    Am please to read that the AZ is doing Research into it

    How I perceive it as it gives people choices
    Knowledge is power .

    2 of my mother aunties had to have there legs cut off below the knee , because of gangrene diabetic foot back in the 60s 70s.
    both uneducated with no knowledge in how to look after there diabetes

    My mother sister my auntie was a nurse ending up in a diabetic coma died .

    Looking back in the time I spent with them all. I am sure they all had undiagnosed dementia.
    Only because of my personal experience living with my mother with a diagnosed VD/AZ

    I know that with my Adult children generation I will educate them about risk factors of diabetics & dementia.

    Leaving with a positive note like syivia says
    "All any of us can do is adopt the healthiest lifestyle possible and seek medical advice if we have concerns." :)
     
  7. Saffie

    Saffie Registered User

    Mar 26, 2011
    22,491
    Female
    Near Southampton
    As already stated, we are not medical people here so can only speak from out own experience.
    For what is't worth I think a lot must depend upon the timing of the onset of the Diabetes.
    It takes time for the effects of both the disease and the medication to affect other areas of the body.
    My husband was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in his mid thirties, he was not overweight. After years of tablet medication, including metformin, he was put on insulin injections when he was in his late 50s.
    He developed PAD (Peripheral Artery Disease) in his early 50s which was the basic casue of his valcular dementia due poor bloodflow to the brain.
    His is mother also developed type 2 diabetes although she was 60 at the time, was on insulin injections and died aged 87, with no sign of dementia.

    So yes, it can influence the development of dementia but certainly doesn't not mean this is inevitable by any means.
     

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