US Pharm. 2013;38(9):11.
Seattle, WA—Higher blood sugar levels are associated with a higher risk of dementia, even in nondiabetic patients. In more than 2,000 patients aged ≥65 years from the longitudinal cohort study Adult Changes in Thought, blood sugar levels averaged over 5 years were associated with a rising risk of developing dementia. In patients with diabetes, the dementia risk was 40% higher in those with a mean glucose level of 190 mg/dL versus those with a mean level of 160 mg/dL. In nondiabetic patients, the risk was 18% higher in those with a mean level of 115 mg/dL versus those with a mean level of 100 mg/dL. It was not determined whether making modifications to lower one’s glucose level improves one’s dementia risk.
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