A new tool to help doctors to predict the risk of developing dementia in people with type 2 diabetes has been developed by a team of researchers in California.
This is according to a study published today (Tuesday 20 August) in the journal The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology.
The team of scientists analysed the medical records of nearly 30,000 people over the age of 60 with type 2 diabetes. The researchers recorded whether patients were diagnosed with dementia within 10 years of their entry into the study, with 17 per cent of the participants developing dementia during this period. Age, education, and six different diabetes-related health complications were all identified as the most important risk factors and the researchers incorporated them into a scoring system to be used to help doctors to spot those most at risk of developing dementia.
Alzheimer's Society comment:
'People with type 2 diabetes are at an increased risk of developing dementia, but there are lots of related factors that can influence that risk. This tool could help doctors assess who may be most likely to develop the condition, and so monitor them for any changes in their memory and thinking to enable timely support, care and treatment.
'There is also the possibility that it may be useful in identifying people who could participate in research studies. With limited treatments available it is vital that we continue to find ways to support research aimed at developing new ways to care for, treat or prevent dementia.'
Dr Doug Brown
Director of Research and Development
Find out more about the risks of developing dementia.