Doctors link dementia to diabetes

People suffering from diabetes may find that they are at increased risk of suffering from Alzheimer's disease and related illnesses.

British and French researchers have uncovered a link between the two conditions, suggesting that preventing diabetes could help to cut dementia cases.

They also claimed that tackling depression and mental illness could have an impact on dementia risk.

The study, published in the British Medical Journal, concluded that a 21 per cent reduction in new cases of dementia could be achieved by eliminating diabetes and depression, as well as increasing consumption of fruit and vegetables.

People already affected by diabetes could consider giving lasting power of attorney to a friend or relative in the event that they do suffer from dementia later in life.

A lasting power of attorney enables an appointed person to make decisions about financial affairs or welfare on behalf of an individual who is unable to make those decisions for themselves.

Posted by Gemma Roskell

Published on: August 11, 2010

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