Risk of Dementia Could Be Slightly Increased in Those with Elevated Blood Sugar Levels

Posted on February 17, 2016 by Disability Help Group

With the prevalence of type 2 diabetes growing in the U.S., researchers would like to know if the condition is somehow connected to dementia risk. Finding clues that may indicate one’s risk of developing dementia has been a focus of many studies.

Recent research published August 8 in the New England Journal of Medicine has found there could be a connection between this condition and higher blood sugar levels, even in those who don’t necessarily have diabetes.

The study followed 2,067 patients who did not have dementia when the study started. Of the participants, 232 had diabetes at the start of the study and 1,835 did not. The median follow up period was 6.8 years, during which time 524 patients developed dementia – 74 who had diabetes and 450 who did not.

Making changes in one’s lifestyle—such as eating healthy and staying active—could impact one’s blood sugar levels. In fact, these changes could significantly make a difference in one’s overall health. But other factors pose a much greater risk of developing dementia. This includes those with a family history of the disease.

The researchers who conducted the study controlled for other risk factors related to dementia risk, such as age, sex, exercise level, blood pressure, heart disease, smoking, and more.

Disability Benefits for Dementia Patients

When someone has been diagnosed with a serious health condition that has resulted in total disability, benefits may be available. Whether it’s a diagnosis of diabetes, dementia or another serious disease, contact the Disability Help Group for help filing a Social Security disability.