Dementia Varies with People Having Diabetes

Mayo Clinic's Florida campus and the University of California have conducted a research on whether dementia varies with people having diabetes or not. Blood samples of 211 people with dementia and 403 without dementia were collected to compare the ratio of two dissimilar types of amyloid beta proteins in blood.

On July 14, the findings of the study were presented at Alzheimer's Association International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease meeting in Hawaii.

The findings show that people who have diabetes are more likely to get affected by vascular disease, which affects blood flow in brain vessels causing dementia. People who suffer from dementia without diabetes are affected by brain plaque deposits, which are generally found in Alzheimer patients.

As expressed by Dr. Neill Graff-Radford, a neurologist in Mayo Clinic, the people who suffer from vascular dementia due to diabetes can check the same if they take preventive steps against diabetes.

According to the study, published in Archives of Neurology, those having dementia without diabetes can cure the same by taking high levels of vitamin E in their meals, as Vitamin E guards the brain against oxidative stress, which causes Alzheimer.

In the study, done on more than 5,300 individual’s aged 55 years and older without dementia, it was found that the intake of four antioxidants -- vitamin E, vitamin C, beta carotene and flavanoids -- can improve the function of the memory.