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Dr. Peter Attia has long called Alzheimer’s the diabetes of the brain.That linkage is becoming ever more clear, with new work from USC researchers. A USC Dornsife study comparing people with diabetes, prediabetes and normal blood sugar finds that diabetes, left untreated, could mean a higher likelihood of developing dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. This puts high blood sugar in the constellation with genetics as a principle driver of neurodegenerative disease.USC Dornsife psychologists have found that those patients with untreated diabetes developed signs of Alzheimer’s disease 1.6 times faster than people who did not have diabetes. “Our findings emphasize the importance of catching diabetes or other metabolic diseases in adults as early as you can,” says Daniel A. Nation, associate professor of psychology at USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. “Among people with diabetes, the difference in their rate of developing the signs of dementia and Alzheimer’s is clearly tied somehow to whether or not they are on medication for it.” While this study was an observational study which makes it difficult to establish causation, it suggests that high blood sugar that is not treated is linked to tau pathology which may accelerate dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
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