High blood glucose levels linked to dementia

Elderly people with elevated readings more likely to develop condition

By Nathan Seppa, 16:24 PM August 7, 2013

High blood glucose levels appear to be associated with an increased risk of dementia in older people, a new study finds.

Paul Crane at the University of Washington in Seattle and his colleagues recorded blood glucose levels in 2,067 people an average of 76 years old who initially had no signs of dementia. After five years, roughly one-fourth of the participants developed some form of dementia.

Among people without diabetes, the risk of developing dementia was 18 percent greater in those ...

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