Is diabetes related to Alzheimer’s?


Heart attacks, kidney failure, amputations, and blindness are some of the complications of diabetes, especially after many years and/or if it is out of control. Recently, doctors have detected that the brain also loses faculties when insulin does not fulfill its function. Although there are no conclusive studies, diabetics could develop dementia. Let’s see how these two conditions are related.

Fortunately, when someone close to you is diagnosed with diabetes, it is no longer deadly news. In fact, it is very likely that at home there is a member with diabetes and it is almost certain that a friend of yours has it. However, that it becomes common and controllable – with proper treatment and monitored by the doctor – does not leave aside that without prevention this disease triggers many others. It is not news that can cause blindness and heart disease, but it is surprising that dementia or Alzheimer’s disease are related to the inefficient performance of insulin in the brain.

1)  Does the brain have diabetes?

Let’s start by becoming familiar with what diabetes is and how it relates to brain issues. “The altered expression of brain genes may be related to a number of diseases that affect the entire body,” said Dr. Nilufer Ertekin-Taner, a neurologist and neuroscientist at the Mayo Clinic. That is, diseases are related to each other and, apparently, not only at the genetic level but also chemically.

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