Friday, January 15, 2010

Diabetes and dementia

Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is often seen as a precursor to dementia but there is no real way of knowing which people with MCI will go on to suffer from dementia. Researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, followed 103 men and women with MCI over four years and found that 19 of them developed dementia over the course of the study. People who had diabetes - which has previously been linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer's - were nearly three times as likely to develop dementia as those without.

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