Diabetes Raises Dementia Risk for Women
Women who have type 2 diabetes have a higher risk for vascular dementia than do men with diabetes, according to a new study published in Diabetes Care.
Analyzing data from nearly 2.5 million participants in 14 studies, an international team of scientists found that women with type 2 diabetes may have a nearly 20 percent higher risk of developing vascular dementia than men with diabetes. Vascular dementia is characterized by memory, thinking and language difficulties due to reduced blood flow to the brain, according to the Alzheimer's Association.
The study didn't prove that type 2 diabetes caused dementia; it merely showed an association between the two conditions.
About 44 million people worldwide are affected by dementia. According to study documents, dementia symptoms stem from two main causes: Alzheimer's disease, which isn't caused by blood vessel damage, or vascular dementia, which is preventable. Lifestyle risk factors for vascular dementia include type 2 diabetes, smoking and obesity.
Experts pointed out that people with diabetes shouldn't panic about dementia, noting that many healthy lifestyle measures can offset risks.
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