Type 2 Diabetes Increases Dementia Risk in Women

Women who have type 2 diabetes are more likely to suffer from dementia than men, according to a new study from Curtin University in Perth, Australia.

The research, which was a review of 14 studies that included 2 million individuals and 100,000 dementia patients, found that women were more than twice as likely to develop dementia if they had diabetes.

Both men and women were 60 percent more likely to develop dementia than people without the blood sugar condition.

Vascular dementia

Alzheimer's disease causes non-vascular dementia - which means it's not caused by impaired blood flow to the brain. In vascular dementia, which is caused by diabetes, the condition is usually brought about by a small series of strokes, explained senior study author Rachel R. Huxley.

Compared with men, women tend to be overlooked when it comes to their vascular risk factors for dementia, Huxley said.

While the relationship between dementia and diabetes in women may be influenced by other factors, she noted, keeping healthy through exercise, diet and smoking cessation can help decrease risk for mental decline.

Source: Reuters
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