Once again, diabetes and Alzheimer’s are sharing headlines. A study conducted by researchers from Lancaster University in the U.K. has shown that a commonly used diabetes drug, liraglutide, may reverse memory loss in the late stages of Alzheimer's.
The drug, from a class known as GLP-1 (Glucagon-like peptide-1) analogue, is prescribed to diabetes patients because it stimulates insulin production. The new study found that liraglutide passes through the blood-brain barrier where it could prevent the build-up of toxic plaques in the brain that contribute to Alzheimer’s disease. Liraglutide may also improve memory function that was previously lost.
In the study, liraglutide was injected into mice that had late stage Alzheimer’s disease. During the two-month trial period, the mice performed significantly better on object recognition tests than before, and their brains showed a 30 percent reduction in the build-up of toxic plaques.
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The FDA recently announced increased safety warnings for those taking cholesterol lowering drugs , saying that they can cause memory loss, confusion and an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes . Diabetes increases the risk for Alzheimer’s disease . The new warnings are based on results from the latest clinical trials, plus adverse effects reported by patients, physicians and the drug companies.
Many of our aging parents are on a statin drug to control cholesterol . Keeping low density cholesterol (LDL) under control is thought to help prevent heart attacks and strokes. The drugs are generally effective in lowering cholesterol.
It was first thought that the main risk for those who took statins was liver damage, so blood work was needed on a regular basis to check for liver problems. Now, that seems to be less of a worry. However, these new warnings are a big concern for people keeping an eye on a loved one at risk for dementia.
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A new study published online today in the journal Alzheimer's and Dementia proves very interesting to me. Because I have vascular dementia , I am interested in anything to do with the subject. However, having been a teacher for 34 years and having lots of schooling behind me, I know the importance of looking at any study very closely. The study mentioned above is probably valid, but I wonder just how earth shattering its findings really are? In the long run, the study's findings don't seem to be anything we didn't already know. The researchers see "the accumulated effects of better education and better cardiovascular prevention among people who were over age 70 in 2002, compared with those who were over age 70 in 1993." This, they say, is contributing to less memory loss and dementia in the elderly. The study also cites that there was a higher percentage of people graduating from high school. My thoughts are that this might be true, but how good was ...
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