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Is Diabetes related to Alzheimers?

Read about the latest finding


Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, in which the victim slowly loses his or her memory. The cause of Alzheimer’s disease is the buildup of plaque in the brain which slows its function. There are methods to slow Alzheimer’s disease but there is no way to fully cure it. Alzheimer’s disease affects about 820,000 people in the UK. Scientists have known for a while that Type 2 diabetes is related to Alzheimer’s disease. Recently, a team at City College in New York conducted a study on nematode worms. Nematode worms have a similar gene to the Alzheimer’s gene. Professor Chris Li discovered that the genes also affected the insulin pathways. Insulin is needed to digest food in the body. A low amount of insulin leads to food being stored as extra fat also known as diabetes. Li announced that people with type 2 diabetes are more likely to get Alzheimer’s disease. More research needs to be done on the link between the 2 diseases. It could help us finally find a cure to the devastating Alzheimer’s disease.

Here is a video pick which provides some insight into Alzheimer's disease and how it is linked to diabetes.

Watch the informational Video: What is Alzheimer's Disease?

Watch the Video: What can you do to avoid Alzhiemer's disease?

Life is all memory, except ...

“Life is all memory
except for the one present moment
that goes by so quick
you can hardly catch it going.”

- Tennessee Williams,
The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore

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