News-Medical - Older People with Diabetes More Likely to Develop Cognitive Deterioration and Alzheimer's Disease

 – October 24, 2013  –– 

In the last few years, epidemiological data has accrued showing that older people with diabetes are significantly more likely to develop cognitive deterioration and increased susceptibility to onset of dementia related to Alzheimer's disease. Now, a research team led by Giulio Maria Pasinetti, MD, PhD, Professor of Neurology, Psychiatry, and Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, discovered a novel mechanism through which this may occur. The results were published on October 23 in the journal Diabetes. "This new evidence is extremely intriguing, given that approximately 60 percent of Alzheimer's disease patients have at least one serious medical condition associated with diabetes," said Dr. Pasinetti.
-Dr. Giulio M. Pasinetti, Professor, Neurology, Psychiatry, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Neuroscience, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
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