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Diabetes in youth linked to increased risk of Alzheimer's disease

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  • 7 days ago

A recent study has found a potential link between early-onset diabetes and an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease later in life. The study, published in the journal Endocrines, examined blood markers associated with Alzheimer's in young adults with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. The researchers found that individuals with diabetes had these markers, while those without diabetes did not.

While the study was small and further investigation is needed, the results are consistent with previous research showing a higher risk of cognitive dysfunction and Alzheimer's in people with diabetes. This connection is significant as more young people are developing diabetes, leading to concerns about the impact on future health outcomes.

Scientists have identified metabolic links between diabetes and Alzheimer's, such as insulin resistance in the brain, which could be a driving force behind the development of the disease. Some researchers even refer to Alzheimer's as "type 3 diabetes" due to these similarities.

Managing diabetes through lifestyle changes or medication may help reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's. Studies have shown that untreated type 2 diabetes is associated with a higher risk of dementia, suggesting that proper diabetes treatment could have a protective effect.

While more research is needed to fully understand the relationship between early-onset diabetes and Alzheimer's, this study provides valuable insights into the potential connection between the two conditions. Understanding the biological processes that link diabetes to changes in brain health is essential for developing new treatments to improve the lives of individuals with diabetes and reduce their risk of developing Alzheimer's.

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