Diabetes Speeds up Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease by up to 40 Percent

Diabetes Speeds up Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease by up to 40 Percent

Diabetes might be a significant risk factor for developing Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, and could speed up the process of developing the neurological conditions by up to 40 percent.

The first study was conducted by researchers at the Washington University in St. Louis who experimented on mice. They increased the blood sugar of the subjects into an abnormal level to determine if it will trigger changes on the beta-amyloid. Their findings showed that the production of the protein increased by 20 percent after increasing the blood sugar levels among middle-aged mice. The risk increased by 40 percent among older mice.

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