As you get older, the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s increases1, and if you have diabetes, you may be at a higher risk for getting Alzheimer’s disease.2 Diabetes may also lead to other types of dementia.2The connection between Alzheimer’s and diabetes is more noticeable in those who have type 2 diabetes.2 By taking action now, you may help reduce your risk of Alzheimer's disease and other complications.
Diabetes can cause damage to blood vessels, which makes it a risk factor for vascular dementia. This type of dementia comes from brain damage caused by reduced or blocked blood flow to the brain.
Many people with diabetes have brain changes that are part of both Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia. Some researchers think that each condition increases the damage caused by the other.2
Work with your healthcare team to manage your diabetes and help avoid or reduce complications. Good diabetes management may also help the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia.2 Talk to your doctor about the best way for you to manage your diabetes.
To manage diabetes and help avoid complications, here are some recommendations to discuss with your doctor:2