August 27, 2013

New Method to Predict T2D Dementia Risk

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helmetsPeople who have T2D are twice as likely to develop dementia than people who don’t have T2D. According to a new study published in The Lancet, researchers have developed a practical summary risk score that can be used to provide an estimate of the 10-year dementia risk for people with T2D.

This study built a prediction model by evaluating 45 people with T2D . The dementia risk was assessed by using a point system. Dementia risk was calculated with Kaplan-Meier estimates.

Researchers found eight factors that were most predictive of dementia. Microvascular disease, diabetic foot health, cerebrovascular disease, cardiovascular disease, acute metabolic events, depression, age, and education were most strongly associated with dementia risk.

All factors were assigned a point value and can total 20 points, indicating the highest risk of dementia in the next 10 years.  The researchers found that individuals in the lowest category scored a 5.3% chance of developing dementia, while those in the highest category had a 73% chance.

At the beginning of this study, the stated background indicates that a person with T2D is twice as likely to experience dementia. Regardless of how you score on the test, prevention is the best medicine.

Soldiers wear helmets. Construction workers wear helmets. Motorcyclists wear helmets. People with diabetes can do something to protect their brains, too. If you’re at an increased risk of dementia, speak to your doctor about what you can do today to protect your brain tomorrow.

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