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Diabetes in Midlife Tied to Memory Problems Late in Life

Researchers have found that people diagnosed with diabetes in their 50's are significantly more likely than others to suffer mental decline by their 70's. The study, published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine, started in 1990. Scientists examined 13,351 black and white adults, aged 48 to 67, for diabetes and prediabetes using self-reported physician diagnoses and glucose control tests.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

Both diabetes and dementia are related to increased inflammation.  The inflammation destroys the beta cells in the pancreas, and the same inflammation can destroy neurons in the brain.  The best way to reduce the likelihood of both is following an anti-inflammatory diet.

 

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