Is There a Link Between Type 1 Diabetes and Dementia

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Type1_diabetes_dementiaA recent article by Serena Gordon on WebMD News HealthDay talks about the possible connection between diabetes and dementia.

The article explains that with better treatment options available diabetes patients are living long enough to develop dementia. What a prize! Past research has shown a link between type 2 diabetes and dementia risk. Rachel Whitmer, a senior scientist in the division of research at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, CA, and her colleagues wanted to know if people with Type 1 Diabetes would show the same amount of risk.

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) states, “Although both type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes cause problems with blood sugar regulation, the root cause of each disease is different. In type 1 diabetes, the immune system mistakenly attacks insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. This leaves people with type 1 diabetes with little to no insulin, and in type 2 diabetes, the body develops resistance to insulin and doesn’t use carbohydrates effectively.”
As more studies are done to reveal how, if and why the two diseases are connected we will learn more about this debilitating aspects of Juvenile Diabetes.

‘As if diabetic children and their families need one more thing to worry about’

Incidents of dementia are rising among people with type 1 diabetes. However, it is still unknown if these new findings are a result of better disease management and better treatment options or if the disease has a direct impact on brain cells. However, we do know that Type 1 diabetes takes a toll on the body in many ways, especially when the patient does not have the medication and supplies they need.

Do you or someone you have a friend or loved one with type 1 diabetes?
Have they experienced symptoms of dementia?
Please share information and experiences related to diabetes and dementia in your family.
Sometimes the best insight comes from people that are directly impacted so share a little first hand chatter.

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