Do diabetes treatments prevent dementia?
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- Medications for diabetes do not appear to delay the onset or slow the progress of cognitive decline and dementia.
Why this matters
- Diabetes is a risk factor for dementia, suggesting its effective treatment may prevent the onset of dementia.
- Both diabetes and dementia are associated with a high risk for disability, so their effective prevention and treatment are critical to patient quality of life and lower healthcare costs.
- This suggests clinicians should still be on the lookout for signs of dementia in patients with diabetes.
- This meta-analysis analyzed 844 records and identified 7 studies containing patients with type 2 diabetes.
- Patients underwent neuropsychological tests and Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE).
- Funding: National Institute for Health Research.