Diabetes and Alzheimers

By MarkieMarkie Latest Reply 2011-10-21 08:44:53 -0500
Started 2011-10-12 11:08:13 -0500

I just read an article about how to recognize the early signs of Alzheimers. The last paragraph stated taht according to a new study just published in the journal Neurology having diabetes increases or doubles the risk of having Alzheimers. My question is I have Diabetes II and my father died of Alzheimers… if the percentage rate is 50% increase just because I have diabetes, what is my risk factor with Diabetes and Alzheimer history genetically proven in my family?

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kdroberts 2011-10-20 18:17:00 -0500 Report

Somewhere between 0% and 100%. I wouldn't fret too much, a 50% increase might sound like a lot but in an actual % chance it may only be something like 0.05%. They are starting to thing that altzheimers IS a form or progression of diabetes rather than a risk factor.

MarkieMarkie 2011-10-21 08:44:53 -0500 Report

do you know of any links or articles that I might be able to read regarding "form or progression rather than risk factor?

tabby9146 2011-10-14 19:33:59 -0500 Report

I don't know, but I am sure your doctor would have some info. My mother in law has early stage alzheimer's and she is only 64 and for a few years now, she has been forgetting lots of things she is told in a conversation, in the same conversation she will ask you over and over what you already told her, etc..before all of this, she was nervous, used to have mild panic attacks, and then that seemed to disappear, and then the memory problems. She is not diabetic. her father died from it, and he was a very nervous person for years before the memory problems developed. I worry about this myself, i hate to read that we are all at so much risk of this. I watched my husband's grandfather slowly completely change, eventually not knowing any of us, one of the worst things imaginable. I wish I knew more about this connection. Seems we are all more at risk for certain types of cancers too.

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