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A healthy lifestyle reduces the risk of dementia in people with type 2 diabetes (T2D), according to a study of hundreds of thousands of people in the UK presented at the European Diabetes Society (EASD) annual meeting . Stockholm, Sweden (19-23 September).
The study found that people with type 2 diabetes who lead an unhealthy lifestyle were much more likely to develop dementia than those who did not have type 2 diabetes and led a very healthy lifestyle. I understand.
However, a healthy lifestyle nearly halved the chances of people with type 2 diabetes developing dementia.
Unhealthy lifestyles and T2D are known to individually increase the risk of dementia. However, it is not clear whether a healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk of dementia in her type 2 diabetic patients.
To further our understanding, Jirapicha Boonpoe and Dr. Carlos Celis Morales of the University of Glasgow and their colleagues followed approximately 450,000 participants in the UK Biobank study on the development of dementia.
There were 445,364 participants (54.6% female) with a mean age of 55.6 years and a median follow-up of 9.1 years. None had dementia at the start of this period.
24,735 (5.5%) reported having T2D at the start of the study.
Participants filled out questionnaires on TV viewing time, sleep time, physical activity, alcohol consumption, smoking status, and dietary intake of processed and red meat, fruits, vegetables, and fatty fish. Their responses were used to divide them into his three groups.
Both type 2 diabetes and an unhealthy lifestyle were associated with an increased risk of dementia. People with type 2 diabetes were 33% more likely to develop dementia than people without type 2 diabetes.
An unhealthy lifestyle was even more strongly associated with dementia. Participants with the least healthy lifestyles were 65% more likely to develop dementia than those with the healthiest lifestyles.
Further analysis revealed that a healthy lifestyle appeared to reduce the risk of dementia in people with type 2 diabetes.
People with diabetes and the healthiest lifestyles were 45% less likely to develop dementia than those with diabetes and the unhealthiest lifestyles.
Researchers conclude that a healthy lifestyle can reduce the impact of type 2 diabetes on dementia risk.
Dr. Celis-Morales said:
“Following these healthy lifestyle guidelines has also been shown to significantly reduce the increased risk of dementia experienced by people with diabetes.”
“There is currently no cure for dementia, which makes dementia prevention all the more important,” added Ms Boonpor.
Mr Jirapicha Boonpoe, Institute of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK. T) +447774088949 E) email@example.com
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Alternate contact: Tony Kirby at the EASD Media Center. T) +44 7834 385827 E) email@example.com
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This press release is based on Oral Presentation 319 at the Annual Meeting of the European Diabetes Society (EASD). This material has been peer-reviewed by the conference’s selection committee. There is no complete thesis at this stage. Please note that this presentation does not have a poster.
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