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:
- 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.