The risk of dementia is higher among people suffering from diabetes compared to those without the disease, a new report published in the journal Neurology reveals.
The study was conducted by researchers from Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan, who observed more than 1,000 individuals, all over 60 years of age. The participants were made to undergo glucose tolerance test after fasting overnight to check whether they had diabetes.
The researchers then followed up on the participants after 11 years and found that 232 people in total developed dementia during the period. Around 150 people were found to have diabetes, of who 41 developed dementia, compared to 559 people who did not have diabetes among whom 115 developed the disease.
"Our findings emphasize the need to consider diabetes as a potential risk factor for dementia. Diabetes is a common disorder, and the number of people with it has been growing in recent years all over the world. Controlling diabetes is now more important than ever", lead researcher Yutaka Kiyohara said.