Braın Diabetes on the
hope for treatment
By ERIKA GEBEl, PhD
Could Alzheimer’s disease be diabetes of the brain? That’s the hotly debated theory some scientists use to explain the striking parallels between the diseases. It’s
become increasingly clear that people
with diabetes are more likely to develop
dementia in old age than those without
the disease. The question remains why.
The good news is that the diabetes
connection is spurring the development
of new approaches for treating the
mind-robbing complications of aging.
“Dementia is not a disease,” says Rachel
Whitmer, PhD, a research epidemiologist
with Kaiser Permanente, but a syndrome
that is caused by a range of diseases,
including Alzheimer’s. It’s defined as a loss
of brain function that affects memory,
thinking, language, judgment, and behavior.
“It’s anything that interferes with the ability
to carry out one’s life,” says Whitmer.
50 august 2012 Diabetes Forecast