Diabetes and cardiovascular disease increase dementia risk

17 June, 2022 in subject Medicine

People with at least two of the diseases type 2 diabetes, heart disease or stroke have double the risk of developing dementia. Prevention of diabetes and cardiovascular disease could therefore be a strategy for reducing dementia risk, a study from Karolinska Institutet published in the journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia suggests.

“The study shows that the risk only increases once someone has at least two cardiometabolic diseases, so it’s possible that dementia can be averted by preventing the development of a second disease”, says Abigail Dove, doctoral student at the Aging Research Centre (ARC), part of the Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Karolinska Institutet.

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