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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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My mother and much of her family suffered from Alzheimer’s so I bet you are not surprised to find I’m really interested in the research about this disease. Thus, I read with interest the announcement of a study from Boston University’s School of Medicine that found that middle-age people whose parents have had Alzheimer’s and who genetically carry the Alzheimer’s gene may have a memory that is similar to a person 15-years-older in age. The study also found that this memory decline wasn’t detected in middle-age people whose parents had Alzheimer’s but who did not carry the gene.
The study, led by Dr. Sudha Seshadri, an associate professor of neurology, looked at data from 715 people who are participating in the Framingham Heart Study. Of those participants, 282 had at least one parent who had been diagnosed with some type of dementia . The average age of participants was ...
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