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Got Dementia? New Test Helps People With Diabetes Asses Risks

Got Dementia? New Test Helps People With Diabetes Asses Risks

Unfortunately, if you are over 60 and have type 2 diabetes, you have about a 17 percent risk of developing dementia over the next 10 years. Ouch!

Recently, the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research developed a test to help assess your risk of developing dementia if you have type 2 diabetes. The test involves 45 different factors, with each factor being scored in a particular manner.
Some of the more important factors included:

  • Age
  • Education
  • Development of Diabetes Health Complications (acute metabolic event, micro-vascular disease, diabetic foot, cardiovascular disease, heart disease and depression).

In the study, those people who scored the highest were 37 times more likely to develop dementia over a 10 year period than those who scored the lowest. Moreover, people with the highest score tended to develop dementia quicker.

Yikes! I guess its like golf, low score wins.

Source: Philly.com